Arsenal were unable to complete their mission objective last night as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Manchester City at the Emirates. In many ways City were there for the taking but for whatever reason, the Gunners just couldn’t get going until late in the game and paid the price for that.
After the full time whistle blew Arteta, who was criticised for not putting Thomas Partey on earlier than he did, spoke to the media as Arsenal prepare to try and regroup before a difficult run of three Europa League games and three PL games against Manchester United, Leicester and Aston Villa.
Arteta on the game
I’ve said not to get anything from the game, I felt we kept growing and growing, having more belief that we could get something. I’m proud of the way we played individually and collectively. It’s not easy to produce a performance in a stadium like that. We need everything to go our way to get a win here. The three or four chances you need to put them away.
Arteta on the potential VAR call
I just asked the ref to check it back and I don’t think he did so I’m disappointed with that.
Arteta on Willian
We need to have the versatility to play in different formations and occupy in different spaces. It was hard to leave two strikers on the bench but it was a tactical decision. In some moments it worked better than others, but he will grow and I’m happy with the game he had.
Arteta on the game
I think we had to defend deep and they were getting a lot of players close to the box without creating much. It’s upsetting to see our team so deep. We could have created more in the final third, the final pass or cross. We could have added something else. Listen, to get a win here everything has to go your way.
Arteta on his team showing resilience
We want to go to every ground and win. To get into that position you have to do some good things in the 96 minutes. We did some good things but we need to put our chances away. I’ve been in that dressing room for four years and to come with that attitude and resilience we showed against them it’s really difficult.
Quotes courtesy of Football.London
Are you disappointed with the result?