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ARSENAL boss ARTETA after Falmer Stadium fiasco: "It's my fault, and it's an unacceptable defeat"

21.06.2020 11.02 by Claudio Colla  read 469
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Commenting upon Brighton&Hove Albion turning the table over on Arsenal, and eventually defeating Gunners through a 2-1 turnout, by a goal scored by Neal Maupay just before the ref's final whistle, far into extended time, North London giants boss, Mikel Arteta, stated:

"Obviously, after such a defeat, you want to put the next result straight away to winning. I think we did a lot of things today to win the game comfortably, but we haven’t competed like you have to compete in the Premier League. We gave our first goal away, and we lost a few important duels afterwards, so I think it’s all our fault.

It's not exactly about the mindset we undertook. It’s about how you compete in a Premier League match, and it’s for 100 minutes in this case. It’s for every ball, it’s for every action and the moment you lose attention, the opponent is going to punish you. It’s not the first time it has happened, and if you want to win football games consistently at this level, it’s a must, and a non-negotiable.

Anyway, I think my players did fight, for large parts of the game. But when you don't, and it happens in key moments of the match, you eventually pay the price, and that’s it. You can't take it back. It’s all my fault, of course, because I’m the one that has to make sure the team never give up.

Maupay's goal and its aftermath? I don't know, I haven't see the action. I've seen a lot of players getting together, but I don't know what happened. It's stressful, because we've thrown the game away, and that's a reaction that can happen, but I always believe that a player has no intention to get someone else injured. Anyway, Maupay can say whatever he wants. I know my players, and if there's something they don't lack at all, that's humility.

Keeping up the morale is going to be tough, of course. I think when you lose two games in a row, the hardest thing to do is to lift the players up, and believe again in what we are doing. The context of the last game against Man. City, however, is completely different from this one. I am much more upset today, because I know the what happened against City was just a jumping-the-gun slip-up. This one is really unacceptable".

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