Under pressure Mikel Arteta finds succour in Pep Guardiola's defence

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Mikel Arteta will hope the Arsenal board absorb the defence his former boss Pep Guardiola put up for him after Manchester City thumped the Gunners 4-1.
Under pressure Mikel Arteta finds succour in Pep Guardiola's defence

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by Pirate Irwin LONDON - Mikel Arteta will hope the Arsenal board absorb the defence his former boss Pep Guardiola put up for him after Manchester City thumped the Gunners 4-1 in Tuesday's League Cup quarter-final. Languishing 15th in the Premier League after losing five of their last seven games -- their worst start to a season since 1974-75 -- Arsenal are in crisis. They are just four points above the drop zone with their last relegation coming in the 1912-13 season, when, as Woolwich Arsenal, they finished bottom of the old First Division. Things could get worse as their next match is a daunting clash at home to high-flying London rivals Chelsea on Saturday.

"We have to turn it around," said Arteta.

"If we don't, we are in big trouble. So that is the moment which is going to decide our season."

Arteta has been in charge just over a year after replacing his compatriot Unai Emery having impressed as assistant to Guardiola for three years.

The 38-year-old Spaniard was a popular choice as unlike Emery he was seen by fans to be imbued with the spirit of the club having captained them during Arsene Wenger's tenure.

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