Martin Odegaard has told his Arsenal teammates to learn from Monday’s “terrible” performance at Crystal Palace.
Arsenal suffered only their second defeat in nine Premier League games.
A 3-0 loss saw Arsenal drop to fifth and lose ground in the battle for Champions League qualification.
“It was a terrible game from us from start to finish. Maybe a bit better in the last 10 minutes, but in general I think it was a really bad performance,” Martin Odegaard admitted.
“We should have done much better, but there is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to get back to work and think about the next game already.
“This is tough but we have to look forward. We have to learn from it obviously. We have to look at the game, what we did wrong, and make sure it won’t happen again.”
The Norway captain paid tribute to the away support at Selhurst Park and promised a response at home to Brighton on Saturday.
Odegaard added: “I think the fans were again brilliant here, cheering us on and I feel sorry for them.
“We have to apologise and we have got to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Hopefully next game we are back with a win.”
Arsenal’s trip to Tottenham, postponed in January after Mikel Arteta’s side were without a sufficient amount of players due to injuries has been scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 12 – the third-from-last game of the season.
“That’s really far ahead,” Odegaard insisted when quizzed about the Spurs match.
“We have to take it game by game, as we have said many times before.
The next game for us is Brighton and that’s all our focus at the moment. We take it game by game and we will see in the end.”