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Arteta: It is not time to feel sorry, it is time to work harder

by Koolkola

We lost 2-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Making it our 3rd defeat at home in the league this season, out of four home games.

Mikel Arteta rued our missed opportunities and sent his best wishes to Jimenez who suffered injury after a serious head clash with David Luiz.

Speaking after the match, the Spaniard addressed our lack of creativity and cutting-edge in the final third.

On David Luiz after his clash of heads with Jimenez…

David is okay. He has a nasty cut [on his head]. He was conscious, they [the medical team] did all the tests for him and he was completely fine. But he wasn’t comfortable playing with that. Obviously, we’re really worried for Jimenez because it looked really nasty.

On it being obvious both players had a problem…

Yes, when you see the reaction of the players, that’s concerning obviously. You know that something bad is happening. We’d like to send him our best wishes, our love to him and to his family as well who are suffering. Hopefully, it’s not as bad as it looks.

On Luiz continuing to play…

First, the doc has to check [the player], there’s a protocol to check that he hasn’t lost any consciousness, which he didn’t. They have some tests they have to do before putting him back on the pitch. David was just concerned about the cut nothing else. They will continue to do some checks in the next three hours but he was fine.

On why he took Luiz off…

He was very uncomfortable, he could not really head the ball. Obviously, a central defender that cannot head the ball cannot continue playing football.

On the performance…

A really bad result. The performance in the first half, we had our moments and they had two shots on target and scored twice. We had a great reaction in the second half, we went all for it. The team showed their desire and how much they wanted to win the game. We created opportunities, we created the chances and the goal didn’t arrive. Obviously, I’m disappointed because I think we merited more from the game.

On if he’s concerned by the home form…

It is when you lose three games in a row for different reasons. Obviously, I’m really concerned and I’m responsible for that. I must say that the reaction the team had, the way we played the second half, it was what I expect from them with more quality, more ability. At the end, the desire and the willingness to go and get a result was there.

On the lack of goals…

We have to put the ball in the net. We created chances but in the end, it’s about putting the ball in the net. In the first half, they had two shots on target and they scored two goals. One with a little deflection and the other a great action from Adama [Traore] which was really difficult to defend. When we had the chances, we didn’t [take them]. The goals will come. I insist. We have to keep pushing the players and believing.

On creating chances…

I always want to create more chances. More chances and more shots on target. We don’t hit the target enough. We put 32 crosses in today and the quality of those crosses has to increase. We need to be more consistent. We had enough chances today to win a football match and we lost again. No excuses, we need to improve.

On Aubameyang’s form…

I don’t like to personalise about one player. We all have to score around the team. It’s our responsibility to do that.

On form dropping off…

You look at the results, it’s exactly like that. The way we lose football matches is by very small margins. Again, in this league as it is at the moment, things are not going our way. It’s not time to feel sorry, it’s time to work harder, everybody being united, pushing the same way and I think it’ll come. We just need to work harder and keep doing better what we’re doing.

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