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'I apologise to our fans... it's unacceptable'

Mikel Arteta couldn't hide his frustration following Saturday's defeat to Liverpool.

And after the final whistle, he was quick to say sorry to our fans for his team's 'unacceptable' performance against the Reds.

"First of all, I apologise to our supporters for the display and the show that we saw today that I am very, very disappointed about," he told Arsenal Media. "When you don't do the basics right against a team like Liverpool, you don't have any chance even to complete in the game, which is exactly what happened.

"It's unacceptable. At that level it's unacceptable. To not be at 100% is unacceptable to our people and for a lot of work that we put in so what happened today is nowhere near what we want to do.

It gives you a really bad gut feeling. It's a big shock to the system that one. We weren't expecting that one the way they were training, the way they've been playing but I can put it down to the level that Liverpool played today, which was really, really high as well. But ours was so far [below], so bad - it was unacceptable.

"Talking on the pitch, outside the pitch, in the dressing room, in front of the cameras is easy," Arteta added. "We have to put our head down, take all the shots and the criticism because we deserve that and show a different face on Thursday."

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