Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta urges their critics to judge them with a little bit more perspective after back-to-back defeats.
Arsenal was at the top of the Premier League on Christmas, but then they lost at home against West Ham and suffered another defeat at Fulham three days later.
Ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Liverpool, Arteta said their results should be judged with more perspective.
“We were not at the level (against Fulham) and we were not good enough,” said Arteta. “I don’t think we deserved to lose but we didn’t do enough to win it.
“It affects momentum that we had. Until Christmas Day we were top of the league and six days later we are fourth.
“You can be very tempted to look at things with a microscope or take the telescope. and look a little bit further ahead and treat things with a little bit more perspective.
“And my job, big time, is to look with the telescope, have perspective. analyse things in a broader way and not get affected by one performance; not results, just one performance.”
Arteta also challenged Arsenal fans to make Emirates Stadium more hostile than Anfield ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup visit on Sunday.
“There is a big history between the FA Cup and the club. and we have a big opportunity (against Liverpool) to start again and make a beautiful journey,” said the Gunners boss.
“We are really happy with the atmosphere that we have created at the Emirates Stadium and on Sunday can we make it even more hostile? I think we can.
“We have to be so grateful for what we are achieving in our home ground and Sunday is going to be a big one again.”