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Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal had to step back a bit before progressing


Manager Mikel Arteta is optimistic that his team are moving in the right direction despite Arsenal having had a difficult start to the season after several reshuffles during the summer transfer window.

Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal will have to step back a bit to build on their momentum and progress going forward, insisting that their investment over the summer will be an important foundation on which to build on future success.

The Gunners have become the Premier League’s most wasteful team with spending reaching IDR 2.9 trillion during the transfer market last summer to bring in Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares.

Instead, they released many players, both on permanent and on loan, such as Willian Borges, Lucas Torreira, Joe Willock, Matteo Guendouzi, Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Runar Alex Runarson, and others.

Unfortunately that investment didn’t pay off quickly in the early weeks of the Premier League as Arsenal went on a three-game losing streak without scoring, before now starting to bounce back with four wins in a row in all competitions, three of them in the Premier League.

Now Mikel Arteta explains to Sky Sports about the long-term project he is building at the Emrates Stadium, “Momentum depends on confidence, it depends on what you are doing and really feeling it and trying to embrace it and add something every week, making sure that it is a step forward.”

“In every project it’s impossible to happen in a week and sometimes you have to step back a little bit to get ahead. You have to be aware of that and not lose perspective. Every project needs a proper foundation and now we have clarity on what we want to do. We’re starting to have some stability.”

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