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Mikel Arteta: It’s true that every defeat feels like a crisis at a big club like Arsenal

ikel Arteta thinks it is right that every Arsenal defeat feels like a crisis, because such a feeling is needed at a great club.

The Gunners turned things around after a miserable start to the season that saw them lose their first three Premier League games.

Arsenal have since won three games on the spin, including the North London derby last weekend when they beat Tottenham 3-1, and they are now leading half the table.

He has seen the spotlight and the pressure ease on Arsenal but Arteta doesn’t believe feeling close to a crisis is necessarily a bad emotion.

“I think that feeling is very necessary at a great club, because every loss is a crisis and it should be a crisis,” said Arteta.

“You have to deal with this pressure and, if you want to be the best, you should be able to handle it.

“You have to understand that excellence is the only way and the only thing you expect. Everything else is not good enough.

” It’s history. We have the great history that we have because we have this competitive advantage, this mentality and this desire to always look further and have this ambition.

“To do that, you have to be able to handle it. “