Arsenal fans were left feeling bitterly disappointed last night as the Gunners were beaten 1-0 by Leicester City. The Foxes secured the win thanks to a late goal from Jamie Vardy, ensuring that Arsenal’s questionable start to the new season continued.
In the aftermath of the match, in which there were plenty of problems, manager Mikel Arteta spoke with the media as the attention turns towards two very different games in the span of just a few days – Dundalk in the Europa League and a clash against Manchester United in the Premier League.
On the performance:
To be fair I was really pleased with the first half, the way we pressed, the aggression we showed against a team that are very capable of breaking that pressure and creating chances against you. We were very effective against that, we were on top of the game, we restricted to nothing, we had the right opportunities to attack good space and create some chances. We scored a goal as well on a set piece, I don’t know how it was disallowed. Then after that in the second half against a really low block you have to be patient and not make any error because this is what they are waiting for: they just need a moment to catch you on the break or with some space and we made the decision when there is no pressure on the ball to try to attack that space and they scored a good goal. After it was difficult in the last 15 minutes, even with three strikers on the pitch we didn’t manage to have enough continuity in our play and we have too many free kicks away, we didn’t put the ball as often as we could in the box. But credit to them for what they have done but I think it is a very harsh result for us considering what happened in the game.
On if he’s had an explanation for the disallowed goal:
Yes [it’s harsh] because Granit is behind Schmeichel, he is not in front of him so he is nothing to do with that ball, it is away from him and Granit is behind. But it’s okay, they made that decision and we cannot change it.
On how frustrating that moment was:
Yes, but again we can have our view, but we have the specialists who are the referees to make that decision and they made a call that to wasn’t allowed and obviously it had a massive impact on the game because you have two teams where the margins are minimal and you can see in the Premier League at the moment that this is a big margin. I think we should still have not lost the game.
On the lack of aggression in the second half:
I think fatigue had a say as well. We didn’t look as sharp on the ball. We didn’t have as much purpose on the ball to create. Obviously, David was giving us something different when we had to attack the low block with his ability to attack the line and provoke, always threatening in behind. We lacked that a little bit in the second half. Still, credit to them, they are really organised when they do that. It is really difficult to create the chances. We created a really good one with Hector again and we didn’t convert. That’s the difference at the end, in the box, what we are able to do. Certainly, it’s an aspect that we have to improve.
On the possibility of Hector Bellerin being sent off:
I haven’t seen the action. I have seen the reaction of the bench from Leicester but I haven’t seen the action.
On Alex Lacazette lacking confidence:
Obviously, strikers need goals and he started tonight, he looked sharp and he was really aggressive in his play. Yeah, he had an opportunity to score that goal and he didn’t. I just support them and give them more confidence and [help them] try to create more.
On David Luiz:
I don’t know. We’ve lost a few players in the last week or so. David had a muscular problem and he couldn’t carry on – we’ll have to assess him in the next 48 hours.
Quotes courtesy of Arsenal.com
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