After a tumultuous November and December, we started to build momentum after our boxing day win versus Chelsea. Hopes began to rise on a possible Europa league qualification or even more.
However, our recent defeats have brought doubts on the European dream.
Our next run of fixtures doesn’t particularly instill hope, as we go up against Manchester City and Leicester City within the coming weeks.
After seeing his side lose 1-0 to Aston Villa, Arteta knows that might be costly to our European dream.
“It’s a big blow,” he replied when asked how damaging defeat is to his hopes of qualifying for Europe.
“When you consider the performances that we’ve put in in both games [against Wolves and Villa], we’ve got zero points out of that. We just give the opponent the game.
“We need to come back. We’ve done it this season and we have to do it again.
“We have a week now to prepare for the next game against Leeds and then focus on that, keep maintaining all the right things we are doing and the way the team is evolving. We need to stop certain things that are costing us the games.”
Arteta also complained on the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal and the costly mistake by Cedric and Gabriel at the back to give the goal.
Comparing Arsenal to those challenging for the title, he said:
“Those [top-four] teams don’t make those mistakes. Those [top-four] teams cannot play four or five times in the first 22 games of the season with 10 men. It doesn’t happen. There’s not a team in the world that can sustain that.
“If you concede a goal early or make an error, the team has to react. The team reacted and we had more than enough to still come back and win the game.
“If you don’t do one thing, you have to do the other. If you are not ruthless enough in the opponent’s box then of course you are going to lose the game.”