Mikel Arteta issues apology to Arsenal fans and says he’s ‘absolutely accountable’ for his or her dismal show throughout 3-0 defeat to Liverpool and claims his facet want to present ‘massive balls’ in Europa League tie in opposition to Slavia Prague
- Mikel Arteta was offended along with his facet’s efficiency of their defeat to Liverpool
- His facet collapsed within the second-half with targets from Mo Salah and Diogo Jota
- Arteta although has taken responsibility for his facet’s show on Saturday evening
- He added they want to present ‘massive balls’ in Thursday’s Europa League tie
Mikel Arteta issued a personally apology for Arsenal’s efficiency on Saturday, saying he was ‘in shock’ and baffled as to why his gamers ‘could not put three passes together’.
Arteta was offended after Arsenal’s lacklustre 3-0 loss to Liverpool, including that his gamers want to present ‘big balls’ in Thursday’s doubtlessly season-defining Europa League recreation in opposition to Slavia Prague.
Arsenal lost regardless of the three most costly gamers within the membership’s historical past beginning for the primary time this season. Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe – who price a mixed £174.5million between them – began whereas Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka missed out.
Mikel Arteta was pissed off along with his facet’s dour show of their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool
Diogo Jota got here off the bench and scored twice to assist encourage Jurgen Klopp’s facet to victory
Arsenal struggled to lay a finger on Liverpool as Arteta took responsibility for the defeat
Without their two academy graduates, Arsenal posed no risk and Arteta stated: ‘Liverpool completely deserved to win the game, probably by a bigger margin. They were better in every department.
‘We need to apologise to our people, to our fans. I have to apologise for what we’ve accomplished on that pitch. I’m absolutely accountable. They have been a lot better than us in each division. They gained each duel, each second ball, each problem. It was one of many worst (performances of Arteta’s time at Arsenal).
‘I don’t have to use any excuses, that we don’t have 5, six gamers – it’s not about that. I don’t care who was lacking. I hate excuses. They have been a lot better than us in each single division.
‘The standard has to be higher for this football club and my job is to get them to perform at that level.’
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In a message to his underperforming gamers, together with Aubameyang, who was substituted after 77 minutes of struggling to hassle Trent Alexander-Arnold, Arteta continued: ‘It’s a problem and problem carry alternative. In soccer you’ve gotten the chance a number of days later, you probably have braveness, you’ve gotten massive balls. If you signify a membership like this you’ve gotten to arise within the subsequent recreation and take it.’
‘We gave every ball away. We could not put three passes together. It was too many simple things not done right.
‘The basics were not done right and when you do that against this level of opponent, you get punished like we have. At the moment I’m in shock as a result of I didn’t anticipate that the best way the crew prepare, the best way the crew tries, this occurred. That’s the truth.’