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Arthur: We're all accountable for Eels' woes but season not lost

Brad Arthur has adopted a "less is more" approach to the Eels training loads, but concedes the shake-up is no silver bullet as the truest test of Parramatta's resolve looms.

If the pressure on his flagging side has seemed at fever pitch over the past four losses, it will only intensify after Saturday's clash with North Queensland even if they secure a drought-breaking win.

Eels officials have been adamant Arthur will see out the final year of his contract in 2022.

But Parramatta's form has plummeted off a cliff and they look on track for another meek finals exit, which will lead to renewed scrutiny over Arthur's position and playing roster ramping up markedly.

Clashes against 2020 grand finalists Melbourne and Penrith over the final rounds follow the Cowboys match, where a win is desperately needed over a visiting side that is staring down the barrel of 10 straight defeats.

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Parramatta players were given an extra day off during the week following their disastrous 56-10 loss to Manly in a bid to freshen his beleaguered side.

Speaking on Friday, Arthur dismissed suggestions of in-fighting in the Eels camp and reports that hotel room sizes had caused ructions between players and their families.

Pressed on the matter, he said he had moved on from analysing the Eels' woes from every conceivable angle and instead was focusing on "what winning looks like".

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"I'd be lying to you if I said I knew the answer," Arthur said when asked if the club's bubble arrangements had exacerbated Parramatta's slump.

"I don't know. There might be 10 different people with different opinions on what's going wrong.

"And at the end of the day I could sit here for the next three months trying to work out is it 'we've done too much, have we not enough, do all the players get along, do they not get along, are we in the bubble, are we out of the bubble?'

"We're never going to get to the bottom of that. What I do know is we're just not playing well enough.

"Every team has to go through the same situation that we're in.

"We've tried to make improvements along the way with what we're doing, there's adjustments again this week to see if we can get a change of response."

The Eels effectively skipped "leg day" by opting for a mid-week day off over their usual training regime.

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With late-season fade-outs a recurring theme at Parra in recent seasons, Arthur said easing the mental fatigue of a gruelling campaign was paramount.

So too taking responsibility right across his team and staff for the alarming slump that has the wolves once again at their door.

"Sometimes its easier to get over it if I address [a loss] straight away," he said.

"But we came back in on Wednesday and we were honest with our appraisal of the game and what we need to work on moving forward.

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"It's got to be individual accountability, starting with me and then working our way through the playing roster.

"We get paid to do a job and at the moment we're not doing it well enough.

"No one's not trying to get it done - sometimes the harder you try, you can only look at things so many times and sometimes it can have a detrimental effect.

"So we've just focused on when we're winning, what does it look like, what do we do really good? And we need to get back to that. We know what losing looks like and feels like."

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