Arteta slams ‘unacceptable’ Arsenal showing; addresses Leno injury

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Mikel Arteta came out guns blazing after Arsenal succumbed to a miserable last minute defeat at the hands of Brighton.

Following a mauling at the hands of Man City last Wednesday, hopes were high Arsenal could quickly bounce back.

A superb Nicolas Pepe strike gave The Gunners the advantage, but two sloppy goals to concede ultimately handed Brighton a 2-1 victory.

There was more bad news other than the result for Arsenal, with goalkeeper Bernd Leno appearing to suffer a serious knee injury early in the first half.

Speaking to BT Sport following the match, Arteta cut a frustrated figure as he voiced his displeasure with what he had seen.

“A very difficult one to take,” said the Spaniard. “It is unacceptable in the way we lost the game.

“The fact we missed so many chances, the fact we gave them a goal and we did not compete for the second goal.”

Regarding Leno’s injury, Arteta said: “It doesn’t look good but we don’t know anything yet.”

Some Arsenal players (including Leno himself) appeared to take umbrage with Maupay for his part in Leno’s injury.

Asked whether he believed Maupay was at fault, Arteta said: “It is too far from me, I haven’t seen the actions. I always believe players don’t have intention to injure people and I am sure he did not intend to do that.”

Arsenal attentions will now turn towards their clash with Southampton on Thursday evening, but Arteta was under no allusions that their performances must improve or the results will stay the same.

“We have to try to lift the players. There’s a lot of things they have done really well but we don’t compete. At this level you cannot give those sort of goals away.

“This is the challenge we all have at the football club, to rebuild to something that is worth the club we are representing.

“I just worry about tomorrow and lifting the players and winning the next football game.”

See how all the action unfolded on the south coast via the F365 score centre here.

Regarding the incident that led to Leno’s injury, Maupay revealed there was no malicious intent from his end.

“At half time I went to the manager Mikel Arteta to apologise. I never meant to injure the keeper. I jumped for the ball. I apologise to the team and to him as well. I have been through a bad injury, it is hard.

“I just went to get the ball really. When he landed he twisted his knee. It is football, there is contact. I never meant to hurt him. I apologise again and wish him a speedy recovery.”

 

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