The Spaniard was furious after the game with the mainstream media misrepresenting his comments.
Mikel insisted this is being done to undermine the good work inside the club.He went on to defend his players and reiterate the ‘non-negotiables’ approach.
Mikel Arteta was not a completely happy man after Arsenal’s 1-0 away win over Chelsea – and laid the blame at the media’s door for trying to undermine the team spirit from the outside.
“Nothing is broken. Inside, nothing is broken,” he told Sky Sports. “The media try to put things on me that I never said.
“You can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. It doesn’t matter whether we’re playing seventh, eighth, ninth. You can never doubt their efforts and how much they are trying.”
“The media are not going to break that. They can try, but they’re not going to break that. Not the chemistry that we have – not only with the players but with our staff, with the board. They can’t touch that.”
The manager also jumped to the defence of his players – presumably after saying in the buildup to the game that some of them have reached their ceiling and won’t take the team to the next level.
“I said that if I don’t get 120 per cent off each player, it’s my fault and my responsibility, but it wasn’t [portrayed] like that in the press and I am so annoyed with that. I will defend my players in front of anybody for the rest of the time that I’m here. They deserve that because they earn it every single day.
“Every player that is here does that. If he doesn’t, he is not here, because the only thing I’m going to demand until the last day is that they give me everything that they have. That is unquestionable and non-negotiable, 100 per cent.”
We are assuming Mik is referring to the press decision to pin everything on the players – after the Spaniard basically said some are not good enough – i.e. reached their ceiling. Although strictly speaking, effort and ability do not necessarily go hand in hand. You can have limited players giving their all and it still being not enough because of their overall quality.