Arteta launches scathing attack on his players after home defeat against Brighton just after another dismal defeat to Crystal Palace.
Mikel Arteta was expecting his side to bounce back at home against a Brighton team that had only gained one point in their last 7 games; after Arsenal’s dismal defeat to Crystal Palace last week.
Arsenal have only lost at the Emirates to the top three clubs in the country, namely Chelsea, Man City, and Liverpool, so losing to the Seagulls in such an important game can only be described as a shock, and Arteta could not disguise his disappointment after the game.
Arteta launches scathing attack
The Boss told Arsenal.com: “The first half was really poor again. The reaction that we wanted to show and everything that we talked about, we didn’t make it happen on the pitch. We were sloppy with the ball, we were second best again in a lot of situations, we didn’t show any purpose or build any momentum in the game, play with the right speed and transform the game that Brighton proposed today and with the first chance that they had, the only chance I think they had, they scored a goal and, again, we created a cold atmosphere, an atmosphere we weren’t comfortable with and when we tried to change it, it was too late. It was great not to give up, but it was too late.”
Arteta didn’t think the players had a bad attitude, but he was extremely unimpressed with the way their game plan never even got going until the end.
“It’s not a problem of attitude,” he continued. “for me it was a problem of the approach and the courage that we showed to play and we didn’t have that purpose. I know we didn’t have that intention to attack and step in and provoke the situation that we want to provoke and we’re looking at each other too many times instead of taking ownership and doing what we have to do and you cannot play like that, you have to make yourself count, step in, and today we didn’t do it.”
It’s perplexing how everything has suddenly fallen apart, especially after losing a game that should have been the easiest of our run-in, and it’ll be intriguing to see if Arteta can get the team back on track for Southampton next week.