Arteta admits every Arsenal defeat is a "crisis" – but that’s how it should be

Mikel Arteta admits every defeat feels like a crisis at Arsenal – and that's the way it should be.

The Gunners have turned a corner of late after losing their first three Premier League games of the season without scoring a single goal.

Arteta has since steadied the ship in north London, picking up three straight victories and earning bragging rights over bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday.

He will hope to build on that momentum when they make the trip to Brighton on Saturday, although Graham Potter's men are in solid form themselves after winning four of their first six matches.

And ahead of the game, the Spaniard has urged his players to cope with the pressure of delivering for a "big club" like Arsenal.

When asked if he wants the Gunners to avoid descending into crisis whenever they lose a game, Arteta said: "I think that feeling is very necessary at a big club, because every defeat is a crisis and it should be a crisis.

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"You have to deal with that pressure. If you want to be the best you should be able to cope with that.

"You have to realise that excellence is the only way and the only thing that’s expected. Everything else is not good enough."

He then continued: "It’s the history. We have the great history that we have because we have that competitive edge, that mentality as well and that willingness all the time to look further and have that ambition.

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"In order to achieve that we have to be able to deal with that."

Sunday's 3-1 win over Spurs was a huge boost for Arsenal, lifting the entire club after their difficult start to the season.

Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka inside the opening 35 minutes won them the game and brought a feel-good factor back to the Emirates.

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Arteta added: "I’ve always said, I’ve been here for 20 months, and for 15 or 16 of them, we haven’t had our people with us. It’s impossible to build anything because they are the biggest part of our foundation.

"When they are with us and they are embracing what we’re doing you see the difference because they are able to create momentum and create the energy and the passion that they did at the weekend. When that happens the team responds."

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