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Arteta: We were the better team

by Koolkola

We fell to our thirteenth league defeat of the season against Everton at the Emirates, leaving everyone frustrated, including Mikel Arteta. Due to the manner of the loss.

We conceded the only goal of the game through a Bernd Leno own goal, from a Richarlison cross. In a game we seem to control, the loss tells the story of our season.

VAR had overturned a penalty awarded to us, citing how Pepe was fractionally offside in the build up.

“We were the better team but there are certain decisions that we can’t control,” Arteta told Sky Sports.

“To disallow a penalty 15 seconds before – [we had] eight or nine touches [after Nicolas Pepe was offside] – I saw it 10 times and I don’t get it. It can be taken the way they want. Zero control. Somebody has to explain that.

“We were the better team. We lacked some clear-cut chances and the edge in the final third. They are very well organised but we conceded the goal in the wrong moment and when we had the penalty but it wasn’t given.”

Mikel Arteta has labeled our home form as terrible and unacceptable.

In conversation with the BBC, Arteta also touched on Leno’s own goal: “Errors are part of football, we conceded an own goal that defined the game at the end. We didn’t create enough against a team that is well organised, we lacked clarity in the final third.

“We need to go through the disappointment and focus our energy, the semi-final is more than crucial for us. I don’t want to use any excuses, I understand the protests.”

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