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Every word from Arteta’s post-Brentford presser

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Mikel Arteta was asked a variety of questions in his post-match press conference following our 2-0 defeat at Brentford on Friday night.

Topics covered including the team’s performance, the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, and if the nature of our display has created more urgency in the transfer market.

Read on for how he answered:

on our performance tonight… 
Well, we are very disappointed to start the way we did this season. We had really high hopes and we didn’t get the result that we wanted or the performance we wanted. 

on whether we conceded soft goals…
Yes. 

on Aubameyang and Lacazette’s absence and how long they will be out for… 
I don’t know, but I certainly don’t want to use any excuses. We had a team that we put out that’s good enough to play the way that we wanted to play and capable of achieving a different result. 

on what he would say to the fans… 
First of all, I want to thank them because the support that they’ve given to the team, all the travelling fans that were here, and after that apologise for the result. We know that we have to improve. We have two big games coming up and we need a different performance to get a different result.

on if a performance like that creates a sense of urgency in the transfer market…
My focus is on the players that we have - to make them play as well as possible and get the best out of the team, finding the way to win football matches, and certainly the next one.

on if Friday’s performance creates any more urgency in the market…
We are very clear of what we wanted to do, what our strengths are and where we can improve. I don’t think today’s performance shows anything different to what we’ve already seen.

on what’s being done to address Arsenal’s play in the final third…
I don’t think that tonight’s game is one to analyse [overly] given the circumstances we had on the day.

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