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Arteta: It’s all to play for

by Koolkola

Mikel Arteta believes we deserved better than the 1-1 draw and points out his unhappiness at the defending for the Benfica penalty.

We dominated the match, but we gave away the first goal after a handball from Smith Rowe. Bukayo Saka leveled only three minutes later, but the amount of chances missed left a feeling that we fell short.

The tie remains open according to Mikel Arteta.


“We were very dominant, we created some big chances,” said Arteta on BT Sport.


“In Europe when you do that away from home you have to be more ruthless. Then the disappointing thing is the way we concede the goal, we just gave them a goal. It’s 1-1, it’s all to play for.


“We could be in a much better position but we are 1-1 and everything will be decided in the next game.”

Arteta was unhappy with the way the team defended the play that led to the penalty.

“For me, it’s the decision we made before [the penalty that is frustrating],” said Arteta.


“We gave away a corner in an area where you cannot play. We concede the corner, we know the action they are going to do, we still don’t react quickly enough and we concede the penalty.


“Looking at it, it’s difficult to judge whether the ball bounced on Emile’s body before the hand but it is what it is. The decision was made.


“We had a great reaction and then we scored a great goal. We had some other chances in the second half, we tried to maintain the level energy-wise.


“I think both teams dropped in the last 20 minutes because it was a really physical game and as well because of the amount of games we’re playing. Overall, we should have left the ground with more.”

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