Last night didn’t turn out to be the grand restart that Arsenal fans were hoping for as the Gunners fell to a 3-0 defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad. In the aftermath of the result, manager Mikel Arteta spoke with the media and took some time to reflect on the loss.
On Mesut Ozil being left out of the matchday squad:
It was a tactical reason. I needed players in other positions as well and that’s why I decided to leave him out.
On David Luiz’s contract situation:
I don’t know what will happen with his contract. I know what happened today, I know the way that David reacted. I know him well, not only as a player but as a person as well. He can handle these situations and it was a reason why I didn’t select him from the start and he had to play because Pablo got injured. He is always going to try to give you his best with the condition that he’s at and he’s tried again, but it didn’t work out for him or the team. That’s it.
On Pablo Mari and Granit Xhaka’s injuries:
They are getting assessed at the moment then we will know something more tomorrow morning. Pablo’s one didn’t look very good to be fair.
On playing behind closed doors and the squad’s taking a knee pre-match:
All the surroundings are completely different to what we are used to but we have to adapt. We are playing football again which is what we love to do and hopefully helping people with that and today’s game we have a lot of conditions, one of them we did just before the game. I think it is a very strong message. I think it is creating a very unique message around the world, what we are trying to achieve. I think some behaviours are going to change hopefully. We’ve seen the things that are happening and if we can contribute to that a little bit then great.
There’s no rest for the wicked as Arsenal prepare to get straight back to action against Brighton this weekend, but it is important that the club takes as much as they possibly can away from the defeat. It’s all about learning and growing, and the Gunners certainly still have a lot of that to do before the season ends.
Just how bad was that game for Arsenal?