Arsene Wenger says he is confident Arsenal will recover after their poor start to the Premier League season under Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners lost all their first three matches of the new campaign against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City and entered the international break bottom of the Premier League table.
Arsenal registered their first victory on Saturday as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck to seal a 1-0 win over Norwich City.
And Wenger, who spent 22 years at Arsenal before leaving in 2018, says he is ‘not pessimistic’ after the start Arteta’s side have made because they had two difficult fixtures against Chelsea and City.
‘First of all, honestly, I like to usually say what I think, I believe in this situation I’m an Arsenal fan,’ Wenger told beIN Sports.
‘After that, of course, when I talk about Arsenal it’s a sensitive subject and at the moment the timing is maybe not the best to talk.
‘I must say I find the squad full of quality. I’m not pessimistic because I feel they had two difficult games out of the first three – Chelsea on a high at home and of course after they go to Manchester City. Of course, you go to Man City and you can say it’s predictable that you could drop points.
‘The bad result we made was in the first game against Brentford. After that, it puts you straight away on the back foot.
‘I wish them to recover and I think they will. The potential is there so I hope they come back.’
Speaking after Arsenal’s win over Norwich, Arteta said: ‘I must say, it’s probably been the best 10 to 15 days I’ve ever had since I’ve been in football.
‘I’m not saying they were the easiest, but probably the best. You have to find a purpose for why you do what you do and why you’ve made the decision to be a football player or a coach.
‘It’s all made sense in the last week or so. It’s about the relationship we have built. It’s about the level of trust that everybody at the club has. It’s about connections and emotionally how players react, how everybody in the team – and I’m talking about every department at the club – supports and tries to improve and be positive around the situation.
‘You have to win football matches but, for me, that’s an absolute joy to watch, how everybody has been behaving around the context that we had around us.’