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Arteta - We had a mountain to climb

Seemingly right from the start of our match against Manchester City, we were right up against it.

First Granit Xhaka went down injured, then Pablo Mari, before some individual errors and a red card saw us trailing and with a man disadvantage before eventually losing 3-0.

"Everything started in a really difficult way when we lost Granit after one minute," Mikel Arteta told Arsenal.com. "We had moments in the first 30 minutes that we were really competing for the game, that we were putting them in trouble.

"We had some really open situations to finalise actions much better than what we did. We failed to finish them even on target.

"After that, just before half-time we conceded the goal from an individual error. After that, straight away, the red card and penalty gave us a mountain to climb against this quality opposition. To play with 10 men for 45 minutes is a really difficult thing to do.

"We have to start winning football matches as quick as possible," he added. "We have to see who we have available to get that starting XI after the injuries that we got tonight.

"The boys made a great effort here playing with 10 men for so long. So let's recover first and then tomorrow we can start to think about that."

 

 

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