Arsenal face Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on Saturday having shipped eight goals in their opening three fixtures.

The last thing fans expect from one of their most senior defenders is talk of nervousness.

But Nacho Monreal is not one to deceive himself about the realities as he admits that the “atmosphere is bit nervous” after successive defeats.

Arsene Wenger’s side recovered from 3-2 down to beat Leicester 4-3 to kick off the campaign, but they succumbed 1-0 at Stoke before a 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool.

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Monreal said Arsenal will persevere with the 3-4-2-1 system which enabled them to win nine of their final 10 games in all competitions last season — including the FA Cup Final — but need to tighten up at the back.

“I have to say that in the last three games we have conceded eight goals and this is a lot,” he said.

“Obviously it is not only the fault of the defenders. Every single player has to defend, but conceding eight goals in three games is a lot and we have to improve. We can’t concede three or four goals because it is then impossible to get something.

“In this moment, everything is a bit difficult, because after losing the last two games, you have talks about how to play and not. In the past, playing with this shape, last season for example, we won games.

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“This year we won the Community Shield. The problem is the last two games we lost and the atmosphere is a bit nervous, but I think from tomorrow if we play a good game and get three points, we will have more confidence and we will improve.

“We need to improve a lot. Our target is to win the Premier League, and obviously we can’t win it if we keep playing like we did against Liverpool.”

Monreal hailed the return of Alexis Sanchez, who remains at Arsenal after a proposed £60million move to Manchester City collapsed on deadline day as the Gunners failed to sign Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

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