Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s season won’t be decided by results in the opening month of the season but he can understand the disenchantment of supporters after Chelsea ran out easy 2-0 winners in front of a full-house at the Emirates.

Debutant Romelu Lukaku and Reece James put their European champions in a commanding position before half time as an injury and illness-ravaged Gunners side produced a disjointed and toothless performance.

Here’s what the boss had to say when he was quizzed by the BBC’s Jonathan Pearce…

On disgruntled fans, consecutive defeats and Covid issues…

No, I don’t think the club in the history has faced something like this but it is what is coming and we have to face the challenge. It’s about fighting against those moments. The league, the season, the table is not decided in August at all. There’s a lot to happen. The worst thing you can do is throw in the towel. It doesn’t go with me, it doesn’t go with the history of this football club and certainly we’re not going to do that.

On the way Arsenal failed to deal with Lukaku in the opening stages…

It’s a really difficult situation. He’s managed to do that with any defender in Europe for the last 10 seasons, the in the Premier League, in Italy, wherever he’s played. That’s why they brought his quality and that’s why he’s the world class player he is. We tried. We tried in many different ways. There are ways to take more risks, we still have solutions to do that. Listen, they are a top side. That’s why they won the Champions League and there’s nothing to hide; they were the better side today.

On whether Arsenal could have done more to stop Lukaku with the ball at his feet…

Yes, you can do that. And even when he was tight in other positions, he managed to get the ball away, we won the ball in other situations. It doesn’t go for you all the time and with the quality players they have they find solutions even when everything is perfect. Congratulations to them for the way they played.

On whether the Covid situation will clear soon…

Not at the moment, it looks like the group that we had today are the group that we’ll have for the rest of the week.

On whether Arsenal might do more transfer business…

We don’t know. Anything can happen in the window. There are still 10 days to go, we can have players in and players out.

On Tierney getting the crowd on their feet…

I think the crowd right from the beginning were behind the team. Obviously, when you are losing, you cannot expect the crowd to be happy, let’s be realistic. I think they have given all the support that they could but at the end, they are here to watch the team win and when they don’t they have to show disappointment. It’s natural and as well, it is the demands of the football club.

On Tierney’s injury.

It’s his thigh.

On the positives from a tough day…

There are a lot of positives, there are players that making debuts in the Premier League, five or six players who are 19 or 20-years-old in the team. They are having their first experiences at this level and to play against this group of players. That’s going to have a really positive impact but at the moment, it’s difficult.

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