Arteta urges outlook after Liverpool crisis looms and Arsenal defeat

Arteta urges outlook after Liverpool crisis looms and Arsenal defeat

Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal's momentum has slowed after consecutive defeats, but the Gunners boss remains positive ahead of Sunday's FA Cup clash with Liverpool.

Arteta's side have dropped from top of the Premier League to fourth after picking up just one point from their last three games.

Frustration was evident in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with title rivals Liverpool two weeks ago as they conceded an early lead.

Arteta said recent losses to West Ham and Fulham were damaging but he is determined not to overreact ahead of the game against Liverpool.

“We were top of the league until Christmas Day,” he told reporters on Friday. “Six days later, we're in fourth place, so we might want to look a little further afield and with a broader perspective with a microscope or a telescope.

“My biggest job is to look through the telescope and have perspective and analyze things in the right way.”

Arteta said he did not expect such a high-profile match between league leaders Liverpool and Arsenal to take place in the FA Cup third round, which features Premier League clubs.

“It's a draw,” he said. “We played a game two weeks ago and it was a great game and I'm sure it will be a really good game again.

“We don't have a choice. If you ask both teams, maybe they would have expected something different with a draw, but there was an incredible clash in this round and we were heading into it. Must go.”

No club has won more FA Cups than Arsenal's 14, and Arteta said he had a “real feeling” for the competition, having delivered his first silver medal as Gunners manager in 2020.

“As I said before, it's a great competition, especially for clubs,” he said. “We have won more championships than anyone else, so we expect great games and good results.”


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