By Nik Brumsack
Mikel Arteta admits he was left angry and disappointed by Saturday’s defeat to Norwich - and insists the team need to bounce back quickly.
Grant Holt’s 19th minute strike ultimately proved enough to consign Arsène Wenger’s side to their first defeat of the season on the road.
While acknowledging the home team raised their game, Arteta says he and his team-mates were thoroughly frustrated at losing a game they had expected to emerge victorious from.
“We’re really down because we expected to win the game,” Arteta told Arsenal Player. “They raised their game, they made it very difficult for us.”
“I think we controlled the game, mostly, for 90 minutes. But you go a goal down, you start getting anxious, the goal doesn’t come, it makes it really hard.
“For the amount of ball we had in the game, we should have done more and created more goal situations. We need more patience sometimes.”
“It’s not the first time we have conceded the first goal,” Arteta added. “It’s very difficult.
“If you go ahead, it gives you a lift, the other team has to take risks, and you can cause mistakes. You can’t get back in the game every time you fall behind. It’s a tough ask and we haven’t done it today.
“We have time to come back. But we are down because we know how good we are and how good we can be.”
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