Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin says “results will come” for Arsenal and it is up to the players to “change this dynamic they are in”.
Sunday’s home defeat by Wolves condemned the Gunners to their worst start to a season since 1981, losing five of their 10 Premier League games.
They are 14th in the table, with Mikel Arteta set to mark a year in charge.
“We have no excuse. We were really upset and we take responsibility,” Bellerin told BBC Football Focus.
“We know what we want to do to win matches and if we don’t do it we know it is our responsibility because maybe on that game our attitude wasn’t right, or our positioning wasn’t right. This is something we have all agreed and it is important we all step up.”
Arteta, 38, was handed his first managerial job last December after fellow Spaniard Unai Emery was sacked following 18 months as Arsenal boss. Before that, Arsene Wenger had spent 22 years in charge.
“When Mikel came we knew a change was needed in terms of not just the way we play but the culture and identity,” said 25-year-old Spain right-back Bellerin.
“On and off the pitch, that is something you don’t achieve in one day or one week. It is important to keep going because, even though results are not coming, we are doing so many things much better. I really, really believe the results will come.
“The way he [Arteta] turned it around after the lockdown, winning the FA Cup and Community Shield, showed the capacity he had as a manager.
“When you want to change the whole culture of the club for the better, that is something that takes time. But I truly believe we are on the right path; we are all fully on board.”
Although Arteta ended his first season with the FA Cup, Arsenal finished three points behind Tottenham in eighth and this term are already eight points behind their north London rivals, who are top of the table before Sunday’s derby.
“We have to work even harder,” said Bellerin. “The team is in a positive mood, we know we have the capacity and potential to really be up there. It is up us to change.”
Source – BBC Sports