Former Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech thinks Mikel Arteta needs everyone “pull in the same direction” as he tries to improve the club’s recent form.

Winless domestically since their 1-0 victory at Manchester United on November 1, Arsenal have five defeats and two draws in their last seven Premier League matches.

The Gunners were then thumped 4-1 by Manchester City in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final, stretching that wretched domestic form to eight matches without a win.

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That has seen manager Arteta could under huge pressure from supporters but Cech sympathises with his former team-mate.

Cech told talkSPORT: “It’s hard for any manager when results don’t go your way and then you try to change the way the team play or the philosophy of the football. When you start to change a little bit it needs time. As well to implement that faster you have to have everybody believe in it, you need some results as well.

“As soon as you are on the football pitch knowing you’ve won three on the bounce you don’t worry less about what’s going to happen you just worry about your game, you just go on and suddenly you go ‘oh this works, that works’.

“It’s a lot about confidence. At the moment when you hit the wall this is the moment when you need everybody to pull in the same direction and help you out.

“This is the hardest part in football because it’s easy to suddenly say this is not working and do something else but you can’t do that all the time. But of course in modern football it’s the results that count and at the end of the day you need to find your balance to have success and the way you do it.”



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