My focus, energy is on getting team out of this situation: Arteta

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

Liverpool [UK], December 20 (ANI): Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he 'understands' questions about his position and admitted that his 'focus and energy' is on getting the club out of this situation.

The Gunners fell to a 2-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, to extend their winless run in the Premier League to seven games.

With Fulham securing a 1-1 draw at Newcastle later on Saturday, Arsenal are now only four points above the relegation places.

"I understand that. My energy and my focus is only on getting the team out of that situation, maintaining the spirit on the team and the fight the boys showed every time they go on the pitch. You can see that, you cannot deny that," quoted Arteta as saying.

"Obviously, again, the results - there is no question about that, it's not good enough and it's not acceptable for the standards of this football club and this is the challenge and the fight that we are against," he added.

Arteta, who is without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to a calf injury, is convinced his methods are correct but knows the team needs to turn their form around.

"It's a really complicated situation, but I am very encouraged from what I see from the players to continue doing what we are trying to do. We think that of course we have to improve, but I think we've been very, very unlucky not to pick up many, many more points," the manager said.

Arteta feels fine margins are the difference between victory and defeat for his side at present.

"Again, when we analyse every game, the reasons why we are losing football matches, compared to other teams winning them, the margins are small. But we need those margins [to change] very quickly before the situation gets impossible to handle," he said. (ANI)