Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s squad is “full of quality” and is confident they can recover from their poor start to the campaign.
The Gunners picked up their first points of the season on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Norwich.
They had lost their previous three matches without scoring a goal, and ‘crisis talks’ had to be held within the squad.
Those were led by captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who illustrated his importance against Norwich with a crucial tap-in to get Arsenal off the mark. The hope is that the goal will kickstart their season.
“First of all, honestly I like to usually say what I think, I believe in this situation, I’m an Arsenal fan,” Wenger, who managed Arsenal for 22 years, told beIN Sports.
“After that, of course, when I talk about Arsenal it’s a sensitive subject and at the moment the timing is maybe not the best to talk.
“I must say I find the squad full of quality. I’m not pessimistic because I feel they had two difficult games out of the first three – Chelsea on a high at home and of course after they go to Manchester City. Of course, you go to Man City and you can say it’s predictable that you could drop points.
“The bad result we made was in the first game against Brentford. After that it puts you straight away on the back foot.
“I wish them to recover and I think they will. The potential is there so I hope they come back.”
Speaking after the win over Norwich, Mikel Arteta hailed the past fortnight as the best of his career.
“I must say that probably it has been the best 10-15 days I have ever had since I have been in football,” he said.
“I am not saying that they were the easiest, but probably the best. Because you have to find a purpose, why you do what you do and why you have made the decision to become a football player, a coach.
“It is about the relationships that we have built, it’s about the level of trust that everybody at the club has, the connections.
“Emotionally, how players react, how everybody in the team, and I am talking about any department at the club, supports, follows and tries to be positive around the situation. You have to win football matches but it is a joy to watch how everyone was behaving around the context that we had around.
“I got pretty emotional to see that because I think it is pretty difficult to see football and people maybe were expecting something, they want to go another road – try to transmit hate or whatever – it wasn’t the case at all. So, thank you so much.”