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Arteta wants his Arsenal side to improve their work rate.

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

The Gunners have not been able to win any of their past seven Premier League games, losing five and drawing two, as they dropped to 15th spot in the table.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said his side 'don’t have that luck' after they recorded another defeat in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Gunners were thrashed 2-1 at Goodison Park yesterday, meaning Arteta’s team have only registered 14 points from 14 games and have lost eight of those matches as they sit in the 15th spot, four points above the relegation zone.

It’s the Gunners' worst start to a season since the 1974-75 campaign, and they have not scored from open play in any of their past five top-flight games away from home, a stat that’s worrying for the Arsenal manager.

"Without conceding much we lost the game on two key moments," Arteta told Sky Sports.

"We reacted really well. We dominated the game. We created enough chances at least to not lose. We hit the bar. We don’t have the luck.

"We are in a big fight. We lost against Burnley without them having a shot on target, and now we lose because of a couple of chances.

"It’s really difficult when you play a team who are defending low and wasting time. We make it difficult for ourselves conceding the first goal.

"I think we had 15 shots but only two on target. We need to improve our rate, that’s the reality.

"We need to generate more to win football matches. When it comes to small details, the other team wants it more.

The Gunners have not been able to win any of their past seven Premier League games. [Getty]
The Gunners have not been able to win any of their past seven Premier League games. [Getty]

"The boys are absolutely still fighting. They’re hurt right now."

While speaking to BBC Sport, the Spaniard asserted: “It's very similar to the last few weeks. We are trying, dominating the game but in the small moments, we are losing the game.

"We lost, conceding an own goal and a set-piece. We had chances but the last shot, the last pass is not going our way. It's not an excuse, we keep believing in what we are doing.

"We need to win matches and that's not happening. The way the boys reacted in the dressing room tells me they have the belief. When you lose lots of games for different reasons it hurts a lot.

"We have to be better, it wasn't about Everton it was about us."

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