Mikel Arteta is in no doubt over Arsenal's ability to bounce back from a dreadful run in the Premier League, starting off against Burnley on Sunday.

Arsenal have won just two of their past seven Premier League matches, losing three of the previous four.

Their most recent defeat came against north London rivals Tottenham, with Son Heung-min and Harry Kane sending Jose Mourinho's side back to the top of the table and condemning Arteta to his second derby loss as Arsenal boss.

The Gunners now start a run of six games in the space of 17 days across all competitions, including an EFL Cup quarter-final against Arteta's former club Manchester City just before Christmas.

Burnley visit Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but Arsenal at least head into that clash on the back of a 4-2 Europa League triumph over Dundalk.

Arsenal triumphed in all of their group matches and have won six consecutive major European games (excluding qualifiers) for the first time since November 2005, and are the only team with a 100 per cent record in either the Europa League or Champions League this season.

"I have zero doubts about how the boys are going to respond, how hard we're going to try and how involved everybody is going to be in trying to support the team," said Arteta in his post-match news conference.

"We have to prove it and get the three points."

Arteta's side have struggled for goals in the Premier League, scoring just 10 in total, though his squad rotation in Europe has yielded much better results.

Arsenal scored 20 times in total in Group B, conceding just five at the other end, and Arteta suggested his fringe players would now be handed a chance to impress on the domestic stage.

"Now we have to forget about the Europa League until February and focus on the Premier League, EFL Cup and FA Cup when it starts," he added.

"We have a larger squad, we have players back from injury, so we will have the opportunity to pick who is better in the moment.

"It gives us more options in the Premier League to focus and get the results we need. We need to start winning football matches immediately. We cannot sustain the results we’ve had in the last six or eight weeks, that has to start on Sunday."

Eddie Nketiah opened the scoring in Ireland on Thursday, becoming Arsenal's leading goalscorer in all competitions this season in the process, with five.

Arsenal have won all 11 games in which Nketiah has found the back of the net, with the young forward scoring 12 times in total, and Arteta confirmed the youngster will get his chance in the Premier League.

"He has the possibility to start," Arteta said. "He is a goal threat and he is always very close in his actions around the box.

"He's got the hunger, he's only satisfied when he scores and he's what we need now so he is an option for sure."

Nketiah made way for Folarin Balogun just after the hour, with the youngster, who is out of contract next year, providing an assist for Joe Willock before helping himself to a goal late on.

Asked for an update on Balogun's contract talks, Arteta said: "We're having some discussions with the player. He knows that we want to retain him at the club.

"The length of his contract at the moment is an issue but he knows that we want him to stay. He said to me that he wants to stay at the club so hopefully we can reach an agreement."

Arsenal finished with a 100 per cent record in Europa League Group B as Mike Arteta's side signed off with a 4-2 win at Dundalk.

Still smarting from Sunday's 2-0 loss to Tottenham in the north London derby, the Gunners made it six wins on the bounce in a major European competition for the first time since 2005.

Arteta, who unsurprisingly made sweeping changes from the weekend for what amounted to a dead rubber, saw Eddie Nketiah break the deadlock before Mohamed Elneny's sweet strike put his side firmly in the ascendancy.

It was not entirely one-way traffic, though, and Jordan Flores thrashed a powerful shot beyond Runar Alex Runarsson to give Dundalk a moment to savour.

However, second-half goals from Joe Willock and substitute Folarin Balogun put the game to bed as Arsenal made it a club-record nine consecutive away games unbeaten in Europe, ensuring Sean Hoare's header was merely a consolation.

Nketiah, who had already been involved in two promising situations, opened the scoring 12 minutes in when he blocked an attempted Andrew Boyle clearance before lifting a neat finish over the onrushing Gary Rogers to become Arsenal's top scorer in all competitions this season.

The second goal arrived soon after and it was a stunner from the right boot of Elneny, who picked out the top-right corner from outside the box.

Dundalk, who beat Shamrock Rovers in extra time to win the FAI Cup on Sunday, had rarely managed to escape their own half but made it count when they did.

Flores received a pass from Michael Duffy before driving his attempt across Runarsson and into the back of the net, despite the Iceland international having got fingertips on it.

A crucial block from Calum Chambers denied Darragh Leahy an unlikely leveller on the stroke of half-time, but Arsenal finished the job in the second half.

Willock kept his cool with possession inside the area and drilled a low shot underneath Rogers, with Balogun similarly level-headed after coming off the bench to convert from close range.

Hoare's flicked header restored a sense of pride for Dundalk, who nonetheless finish bottom of the group and without a point.

What does it mean? European success a welcome distraction

Arsenal have taken just 13 points from 11 league games this season, which represents their lowest return at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1981-82.

With that in mind, a shot at glory in Europe would serve as a welcome distraction from domestic toils.

As a seeded team in the draw for the next round, Arsenal will have realistic designs on extending their run in this competition beyond the last 32.

Eddie's ready to go

The fact Nketiah is now Arsenal's leading scorer might say more about the team's struggles than his own success – he does, after all, only have five goals to his name.

But given that Arsenal have netted just 10 times in the Premier League this term, Arteta must be considering adding to the solo start he has afforded the 21-year-old in the top flight.

Nketiah had five shots, created one chance and took his goal very well. Perhaps his withdrawal just past the hour mark was with the weekend's game in mind?

Pepe continues to toil

Nicolas Pepe became Arsenal's record signing when he joined from Lille in August last year, but the Ivory Coast international is yet to prove his worth.

He scored in the reverse fixture, which Arsenal won 3-0, but was underwhelming in Ireland on Thursday.

It wasn't until the final 10 minutes that he provided anything of significance, laying on the assist for Balogun, but you expect more for £72million.

What's next?

Before the draw for the round of 32, which takes place on Monday, Arsenal host Burnley in the Premier League, while Dundalk's season is over.

Mikel Arteta expects to be without midfielder Thomas Partey for Arsenal's "next few matches" after the midfielder aggravated a groin injury last weekend.

Partey missed four games before returning to Arsenal's starting line-up ahead of schedule for Sunday's 2-0 north London derby defeat to Tottenham.

He was forced off just before half-time and is now facing another brief spell on the sidelines, but Arteta has defended his decision to start the Ghana international against Spurs.

"His injury was the same area as before but not the same spot. He'll miss the next few matches," Arteta said ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with Dundalk.

"He did incredibly well and he was very confident. We tested him three times and he had zero symptoms, but in football you have a lot of unpredictable actions.

"He went into the floor, his knee got stuck, afterwards he stretched and got up. Immediately he put a lot of stress in a similar area and it happened.

"Afterwards people will say it was a bit early but I don't think it was because he was completely fine to play."

Arteta accused Partey of failing to grasp the severity of the situation after leaving the field in the build-up to Tottenham's crucial second goal.

That led to talk of discontent behind the scenes between the manager and his big-money signing, but Partey took to Instagram on Wednesday to praise Arteta's work.

"Being part of the Arsenal family is something incredible for me," he posted. "Since the day I arrived I have felt so supported. 

"The coach had a great influence in my decision to join this team and even though we had some bad results I know we are building something good together.

"I have had the bad luck to suffer an injury but I hope I can play again soon and fight for this team."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired another blank in the defeat to Tottenham, making it four games without a goal for a low-scoring Arsenal.

He has just two goals from 20 shots in the Premier League this term, nine of those finding the target, but Arteta is confident his skipper will soon regain his best form.

"Nobody is un-droppable. At the end of the day, we have to find the right players to win football matches," he said. 

"But we cannot forget what Auba has done for this club and what he has done in recent months, not years ago. 

"I see how he's training and how he's behaving, how much he wants to turn this situation around. 

"When I see that type of hunger, it's about supporting the player as well as the status he has in the team because of the performances he has provided for this football club."

Arsenal have already made certain of top spot in Group B ahead of their match with Dundalk in Dublin, boasting a perfect record after five matches.

Another victory at the Aviva Stadium would make it six consecutive wins in European competition, excluding qualifiers, for the first time since November 2005.

Arteta is expected to heavily rotate his side for the final group outing, with Dundalk bottom and yet to pick up a point.

"We have a few kids here," the Spaniard said when asked about his team selection. "We left a few players at home as well. 

"There are a lot of games and we need a complete training week as well, which I think is going to benefit us. But we're going to have a very competitive team to play."

The Gunners' European form is in stark contrast to their domestic woes, their return of 13 points from 11 league games their fewest since 1981-82 (12 points).

"The demands for this football club are the highest," he said. "We are not getting the results in the league that we all expect, of course the pressure is increasing. 

"But more than the pressure, I would say the responsibility of all of us to make it happen next Sunday and start winning football matches, which is the most important thing."

Mikel Arteta acknowledges Nicolas Pepe must be more consistent, but the Arsenal manager does not question the winger's attitude and is keen to help.

Pepe was a club-record £72million signing from Lille in August 2019 yet struggled to translate his dominant Ligue 1 form to the Premier League last term.

The Ivory Coast international's first campaign in England brought just five league goals, having netted 22 times in his final year in France.

Pepe showed a flash of his talent on Thursday, netting a fine strike in the 3-0 Europa League win over Dundalk, his second of the new season in all competitions.

But that was the only one of his five shots to hit the target, while the 25-year-old created just a single chance and completed none of his three dribbles. Pepe's crossing – at 16.67 per cent accuracy – was also particularly wasteful.

Arteta was asked if the pressure of the player's price tag could be a problem but said: "Knowing Nico, I don't think it's something that worries him too much.

"It's about him hitting his best, every single week. I believe this is where he believes he can do better and we have to try to help him.

"I think he's so willing to do well and show everybody and first of all his team-mates, myself and then the fans that he's a player that can make the difference every week. 

"Obviously, he's not been first choice in a lot of games but, to be fair, he's played quite a lot of moments better than others.

"It's about finding the consistency, not through the games but during the games as well, to be more insistent and be able to do the right thing in many, many occasions when he has to make the right decisions on the pitch.

"It's nothing to do with his attitude. He's a player who takes risks and he's a very creative player, and it's the most difficult thing in football when they all know what you can do as well, how much they want to prevent the space, the overloads that they generate to defend you, so creating a situation as well is complicated. 

"But sometimes, it's the simple things – the deliveries, the amount of situations that he's able to create or attract and then make the right decision, to keep evolving that phase of play, the finishing, the position inside the box – that he has to be more consistent at.

"We are working on that and hopefully he will be doing that much more efficiently."

The left-footed Pepe has been accused of being one-dimensional but scored Thursday's goal on his right side.

"It is nothing to do with me," Arteta added. "That was his action, he scored a magnificent goal. He's been [unpredictable] a little bit more recently, going down the outside is something he can do.

"It's just about when he attracts people as well and frees something, the last pass, the last delivery, which foot he needs to attack of the defender sometimes as well to make things easier for him, the starting position sometimes is not right.

"But he's trying really hard, he's a player who loves to play the game and we need to give him more help to try to be more successful."

Having started just once in the league this season, Pepe must now hope he has done enough to win a place in the Gunners XI at Manchester United this weekend.

"They are always in the frame to play," Arteta said of his Europa League stars. "It's not because we lose or win, it's what they bring to the team, how they train, what they are showing.

"Results, at the end, are consequences of many things, but individually how they do things is what determines whether they have the opportunity to play or not."

Arsenal made it two wins from two in this season's Europa League group stage as they beat Dundalk 3-0 at Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta made 10 changes to the side that lost 1-0 at home to Leicester City last weekend and they were kept at bay for 42 minutes by an effective Dundalk rearguard until Eddie Nketiah pounced on a goalkeeping error.

Joe Willock doubled the lead before half-time and Nicolas Pepe's super strike put the Gunners firmly in control, allowing them to ease through the closing stages with one eye on the weekend trip to Manchester United.

Patrick McEleney tested Alex Runarsson with the first effort of the match as Dundalk showed they were prepared to work the ball forward rather than simply clear their lines.

Arsenal unsurprisingly controlled possession yet found it difficult to pick their way through a packed visiting defence, but Nketiah got the breakthrough three minutes before half-time, turning home from point-blank range after goalkeeper Gary Rogers made a mess of an attempted punch.

Dundalk were punished further barely 90 seconds later, Willock firing high into the net after Nketiah and Pepe led a swift break in the visitors' half.

Any faint thoughts of a comeback were quashed just a minute after the restart, Pepe taking a clever touch and curling a fine effort into the top-right corner from the edge of the Dundalk box.

Nketiah just failed to prod a cross beyond Rogers from Cedric Soares' cross, and the lively Reiss Nelson teed up Kieran Tierney to blast over, but the fight was gone from the Irish champions.

What does it mean? Arsenal cruising towards knockouts

With six points from two games, Arsenal are already firmly on track to reach the next round as they prepare for back-to-back meetings with Molde.

Arteta might not have been thrilled with their first-half performance, but this was still an efficient job by a much-changed Gunners side – and this time, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not needed.

Wily Willock dazzles in midfield

Willock's finish was excellent but his all-round performance from one box to another was even better. He broke lines to stretch Dundalk's rigid rearguard, created three goalscoring chances and teed up Pepe for his finish.

Dundalk undone by errors

Having looked set to take a stalemate to half-time, a missed punch from the experienced Rogers gifted Arsenal their opener and the visitors never quite recovered their composure. It was a disappointing way to spoil their excellent early work.

What's next?

Arsenal head to United on Sunday before hosting Molde on Europa League matchday three next week. Dundalk meet St Patrick's Athletic before next Thursday's game with Rapid Vienna.

Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal can cope with the demands that a push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and a deep Europa League run will place upon them.

The Gunners have lost their past two Premier League games 1-0 and will have contested seven matches in just over three weeks by the time the November international break comes around.

With a three-month suspension of all football during the previous campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020-21 season started late and the fixtures will consequently continue to come thick and fast.

Arteta could only steer Arsenal to eighth in the league last season, with qualification to the Europa League secured via success in the FA Cup.

A top-four finish in the Premier League and winning the Europa League represent Arsenal's two potential paths into next season's Champions League, and despite the fixture congestion Arteta does not see a reason to pick between them.

"Well we're going to try for sure to do that and at the moment we have the squad to try to achieve that," he replied when asked if it was possible to fight on both fronts.

"What is going to happen in six weeks or six months we don't know, and how the players are going to assimilate all the minutes in their legs and how they're going to respond to that is a big question mark for all the managers and all the clubs. But starting this season, for sure this is our aim."

Arsenal have been hindered recently by a struggling attack and have failed to score more than twice in any of their previous eight games.

In the Premier League this season, Arsenal are averaging just 8.8 shots per match – their lowest such figure since at least 1997-98 – and 1.3 goals per game, their worst rate in 25 years.

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are finding goals hard to come by, and Arteta believes the Gunners' centre-backs hold one of the keys to the duo returning to their prolific best.

"When you face a low block like Leicester [City] did when they played 5-4-1 and the striker comes with the holding midfielder, if you don't utilise your two central defenders you are playing eight against 10 the whole game. That's a really difficult game to play," said Arteta.

"They have to step in, they need to know which spaces to attack, which players they have to commit, which players and areas they have to provoke. They become crucial there.

"It's something we haven't had time to do, we haven't really faced and we have to start training. But it's a really good sign that a big team like Leicester comes here to sit and says, 'We want to be here'.

"We will work on that, we will improve on that and we will give much more to our strikers so they can finish games off."

Ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with Dundalk, however, Arteta's options in the heart of defence are significantly depleted with David Luiz having joined Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari on the sidelines.

Mikel Arteta admits he has concerns about Arsenal's attacking play and not only the goalscoring drought of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners have lost back-to-back Premier League games 1-0 to Manchester City and Leicester City and have failed to score more than twice in any of their previous eight matches in all competitions.

After having an Alexandre Lacazette goal disallowed early in the first half, Arsenal attempted just one shot in the second period against Leicester before Jamie Vardy's 80th-minute winner.

This season, Arsenal are averaging just 8.8 shots per match in the league – their lowest such figure since at least 1997-98 – and 1.3 goals per game, their worst rate in 25 years.

Aubameyang has scored just once in six league games in 2020-21 and has an expected goals per game rating of only 0.07, by far the lowest in his Gunners career.

But Arteta, who has omitted playmaker Mesut Ozil from his Premier League and Europa League squads, thinks his side's overall attacking approach needs to improve.

"I think there were two different halves [against Leicester]," he told reporters ahead of Thursday's match with Dundalk.

"The first half we interpreted really well what the game needed. We were dominant and aggressive. We won the ball back in really good areas. We didn't give the ball away in any dangerous areas, we created enough chances to go ahead but we didn't manage to do that.

"We scored a goal that was disallowed and the second half we started fatigue-wise to make more mistakes in more difficult areas and not be as threatening as we should have been to finalise the game.

"The moment we created open space they had a really good action and we conceded a goal. We lost the game on a very small margin and I'm disappointed because we should have done a bit better there.

"I'm concerned in the second half that we should have done better. We only had the chance from Hector [Bellerin] but they didn't have anything until after 75 or 80 minutes, but it's still something we have to improve on. To attack better and to sustain attacks in long periods. We've been working on that, so hopefully we can improve it.

"The pressure is related to this football game that you have to win every game. We didn't win against Leicester or Man City. Consider the demands everybody puts on us because we are the club that we are and that should never change.

"In the last eight to 10 months, the improvement of teams, quality and organisation has been the biggest I've seen than in the last few years. It's not a coincidence, you can see that in every Premier League game. The league is in a great place at the moment."

Arsenal will be without David Luiz against Dundalk and Arteta said the Brazilian is also a doubt for Sunday's league game against Manchester United.

Willian could return this week after resuming training, while Bukayo Saka is fully fit again after a knock.

"We try to go game by game, but in the last 10 days we have had a lot of issues at the back with central defenders," Arteta said. "If we lose another one, we're in big trouble.

"We have to keep an eye on it and how to manage the squad."

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