Mikel Arteta has tendered an apology for the fans after the 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
The team’s performance against the current league champions was as timid as it could get. Arsenal barely troubled Liverpool’s backline all night.
After holding on to their lives for so long, the team fell to a Diogo Jota brace and a Mo Salah goal.
In a night where the team only had about 300 completed passes and three attempts at goal. The team showed importance of the missing trio Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, and Emile Smith Rowe, as we barely had any sustained spell throughout the game.
“Liverpool completely deserved to win the game, probably with a bigger margin,” said Arteta in his post-game press conference.
“They were much better than us in every single department and we were extremely poor today. Basically when you don’t do any of the basics right against this level of opponent, you don’t even have a chance to compete. That’s exactly what happened today.”
Asked what he put the defeat down to, he added: “[Twelve defeats this season] is a poor return but every defeat is different. Each one hurts differently.
“The image that we showed today and the lack of clarity in what we wanted to get out from this game… we need to apologise to our people, to our fans. This standard is nowhere near what we want. I am fully responsible for that.”
Although the result didn’t affect our league position but it further showcased how inconsistent we have been all season. Mikel Arteta echoes the same sentiments.
“It’s very frustrating to see that and today was a big shock to the system. We have been really competitive against the big sides.
“We beat Chelsea here, we beat Spurs and we drew against Manchester United but today they were really good. A lot of credit to them because they were really good today, but we were extremely poor.
“I don’t know whether it’s the worst but it’s probably one of the worst. It’s one that really shocked me and leaves us in a position where we have to apologise for what we’ve done on that pitch today.”
The most likely route that could get the team back to Europe is the Europa League. We play Slavia Prague in the first leg of our quarter final tie. When asked if the fans can expect a reaction, Arteta said.
“Absolutely,” he said. “This is the minimum that we can do, to perform at a completely different level on Thursday.”