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Keep believing in Arteta, says Arsenal technical director

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Mikel Arteta (Getty Images)
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Arsenal technical director Edu has asked fans to believe in manager Mikel Arteta and insists results on the pitch do not tally with what he is seeing on the training ground.

The Brazilian also warned any disgruntled supporters that the club will not be splashing the cash during the January transfer window in an attempt to remedy their current ills.

Defeat at home to Burnley on Sunday left Arsenal 15th in the Premier League, just five points clear of the relegation zone and without a league win since November 1.

The 1-0 reverse, in which Granit Xhaka was sent off and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an own goal, means Arsenal have lost four home league games for the first time since 1959.

But, as they struggle for form and results as well as a style of play that appeases the fans, Edu has said Arteta retains the full backing of everyone at the club.

Asked if Arsenal supporters needed to relax and not to worry, Edu – speaking in an interview conducted on Monday but arranged before the Burnley loss – replied: "Relaxing is too much.

"Just believe. Internally here, listen, we are doing well.

"My main message is that we are not talking about only one person, it is unfair to talk about Mikel, or Aubameyang because he is not scoring goals, or (goalkeeper, Bernd) Leno because he has to stop the goals.

"It is unfair to talk about one person, we are a football team, we have to talk about ourselves, talk about "we" and not "him" so that for me is the main message.

"The way I see things is very simple. It's normal and easy to be driven by the results. But for me, the main point is when I see something in which I can see the future, see where we go, the way we’re building things, starting to see it on a daily basis.

"So the way we work, the way we train, the way we behave internally, if you see the quality of the work, if you see the quality of the people, if you see properly what's happening here on a daily basis, it's nothing to compare with the results."

- TEAMtalk media

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