Mikel Arteta gives honest verdict on Arsenal’s "challenging" start to the season

Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal's future is "really bright" despite his side's "challenging" start to the season.

The Gunners sit 11th in the Premier League after a mixed bag of results from their opening eight games, with four wins and four draws.

Arsenal's highlight of the season so far saw them win 1-0 at Manchester United earlier this month – ending their 14-year run without a victory at Old Trafford.

But they slipped to a 3-0 loss at home to Aston Villa in their next league game and were criticised over the manner of the defeat.

Elsewhere, Arsenal have three wins from three in the Europa League and have progressed to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Arteta is largely pleased with his side's start but admits there is plenty his players must learn from their defeat to Villa.

The Arsenal boss told the club's official website : “It's part of a process. The results have to be immediate, and the challenge we have with the club we are representing is that we have to win as quickly as possible every game in every competition.

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“So far we have played 14 games in all competitions this season [including the Community Sheild], we won 10 and lost four and the four of them have been in the Premier League, so it is a little bit imbalanced.

“There are a lot of things to do, short term and medium term, we have seen a lot of changes not only on the pitch but structurally as a club as well, it's been difficult, it's been a challenging time in the last three or four months, a lot of things have happened.

“We have to settle and everyone has to realise where we are now, but I see the future as really bright. I am a really positive person and I tend to learn much more when things don't go well and we have a defeat like we had the other day that really hurt after the performance we had at Old Trafford.

“We have to understand why it happened, be really critical first of all with myself and try to understand the players better, and give them more solutions to win more football matches.”

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