• Manager says ‘it’s time to put your face and body on the line’
  • ‘This club is too big to accept this many losses,’ Arteta adds

Mikel Arteta says he and his players have to “put their face and body on the line” and take the brickbats being aimed their way after a calamitous start to the Premier League season.

Arsenal face Southampton at the Emirates on Wednesday and desperately need to stem the flow of negativity that has threatened to engulf them after four straight home defeats. It is a swift reversal of fortunes for Arteta, who was being lauded as recently as August after winning the FA Cup in his first half-season, but he is determined that nobody hides from their responsibility to turn things around.

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