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SPORTS : Arteta agrees with Rwanda president on Arsenal criticism

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has agreed with Paul Kagame that the Gunners should not accept mediocrity after the Rwanda president criticised the team’s performance against Brentford.

The north Londoners kicked off their 2021/22 Premier League campaign in embarrassing fashion, losing 2-0 against the newly promoted side.

Kagame ranted on Twitter after the result, writing: ‘What?? It’s football, it’s a loss of Arsenal at/to Brentford. Brentford deserved to win and they did.

He continued: ‘The game itself aside Arsenal and the fans don’t deserve to kind of get used to this….NO !!! I say this as one of the big fans of Arsenal. The change has taken to long to come!

‘It’s been a struggle of about decade(s) -ups & downs – more downs until this point. Can’t we have a plan that really works?? One part to look at is how we deal in the market- players we buy to execute the plan. The touch & go mentality does not bring change.

‘We just must NOT excuse or accept mediocrity. A team has to be built with purpose to win win win. So that when we lose….it was not to be expected! I am sure we all know on whose shoulders the heaviest burden rests. I hope they know too or even accept it!!!’

And Arteta was asked about Kagame’s comments and picked out one part he agreed with.

“I agree that Arsenal should not accept mediocrity,” said Arteta. “I totally agree with that.”

The Spaniard was also questioned on their difficult run of games against Chelsea on Sunday and Manchester City next weekend.

“You have to play 38 games against every team across the season,” he said.

“It’s the perception, the pressure and again the negativity. I just want people that are constructive around me.

“I know people have intentions to bury us, to try to criticise us. We’re not interested in that. We have a lot of positives a lot of energy, a lot of new energy that is coming up. My full focus is on that and finding a way to beat Chelsea, because we can, because we’ve done it.”

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