We fell to a 3-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa. That makes it the back to back home defeats in the premier league for us.
The lineup for the game remain unchanged from the win at Old Trafford, but the spirit that was in the team last weekend was non-existent.
Mikel Arteta expressed disappointment at both the performance and result. He also took full responsibility of the outcome.
He mentioned this in his post match interview with Sky Sports.
First of all congratulations to Aston Villa for the way they played and the victory. After that, we performed below our standards and I have to say that since I’m the Arsenal manager it’s the first time I’ve seen us play and we weren’t a team.
On Villa dominating from the off…
I take full responsibility. We didn’t start well enough, we got away with VAR for an offside situation but we lost all the races, the duels and we were sloppy on the ball. When we created chances to score we didn’t even hit the target. It’s a really bad combination. As the game went on and we started to be more open, we left spaces. Obviously, it’s a team that can do that to you and on the counter we looked really vulnerable.
On whether he’s informed his players of his disappointment…
I take full responsibility. I am responsible to make the team perform on the pitch and today we haven’t showed it. Today, we were not a team and it is my job. It is why I am standing here.
On having to dwell over this during the international break…
It is a frustration. It takes a lot to build momentum, to build a way of being, living and performing and when something like that comes up it’s a hard one to take but as well, I always believe that in a bad moment you learn more than in positive moments and now I want to see the reaction of all the staff, players. Will we start to blame each other? Or will we get ourselves a mirror, look at ourselves and when we come back, start to perform more consistently.