Interview

Arteta - I'm frustrated and disappointed

Mikel Arteta was "frustrated and disappointed" after watching us drop three more points on Saturday.

The manager was happy with so much of our performance, but our lack of ruthlessness at key moments cost us dearly.

Here's what Mikel told us after the game:

on his frustration at the result...
Yes, frustration and disappointment. To lose the game the way we did is incredible. But, saying that, if you give something to the opponent - and it's not once, it's three balls away in very difficult areas - you stand a chance of losing the game. When you produce the kinds of situations that we did around the box, inside the box, the shots, the blocks, the set-pieces, you have to score goals. If not, you cannot win the game.

on conceding a cheap early goal…
Yes but still, the reaction of the team was there and we kept playing and we kept creating chances and playing forward and dominating the game completely. You have to put an end to it and in training there are certain things you can do but against pace and against an opposition it’s something different and we have to do that, that’s what we have to improve.

on Mat Ryan…
I think he did really well. He looked confident; he was coaching all the time. He made a couple of good saves as well when we needed him because they hit the target much more than we did when we had the chances. I think overall he did well.

on no mid-week game giving us more time to prepare for Leeds…
Yes, but today I saw the players, the way they were going, the way they were chasing, the way they were putting the effort in, it wasn’t about anything physical, it was down to some things that as a team we have to be better at.

on if the break can benefit us tactically…
Again, today tactically I think we were really good, they executed the plan it was just about the execution in the final box. 

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