Mikel Arteta has apologized to Arsenal fans after the Gunners’ heavy defeat this Saturday against Liverpool (0-3) on Matchday 30 of the Premier League.
With good odds across the Channel and respected after his many years at Everton or Arsenal, Mikel Arteta struggles to put his paw on the Gunners. For his first experience as a head coach, the 39-year-old Basque finds himself in difficulty even apologized to the supporters after the correction inflicted by Liverpool (0-3) this Saturday at home during the 30th day of the Premier League.
“We have to apologize to our people, to our fans,” said Mikel Arteta after the rout against the Reds. “I have to apologize for what we did on this pitch. I am fully responsible. They were much better than us in all compartments. They won every duel, every ball, every challenge. It was one of the worst (performances). “
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Arteta: “I don’t care who was missing”
Particularly disappointing in the game against a Liverpool, presented as less domineering this season, Arsenal showed little or nothing. After this correction Mikel Arteta refused to look for extenuating circumstances.
“I don’t need to use excuses, and to say we’re missing five or six players, that’s not about that,” ex-Pep Guardiola deputy at Manchester City blurted out again . I don’t care who was missing. I hate excuses. They were way better than us in every game area. […] The standards must be higher in this football club. My job is to bring them (the players) to that level. “
Arsenal will play big in the Europa League
Only ninth in the standings with eight games to go, Arsenal almost said goodbye to the top 4. With nine lengths behind Chelsea, the Gunners should not be able to qualify for the next Champions League through the championship. The London club still has one last hope of playing Europe in 2021-2022: the Europa League.
Qualified for the quarterfinals of the C3, Arsenal must win the title to ensure its place in the Champions League. To believe it, it will be necessary in particular to overcome Slavia Prague before a potential reunion against Villarreal of Unai Emery, predecessor of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, in the last four. No easy task.
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