Arteta on the Dinamo Zagreb defeat

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Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta faced the media after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday. Read a full transcript of his interview below:

on rotation…
We have so many games coming up. The manager said that he was going to make a few changes and I think that we were still good enough to compete with a Dinamo Zagreb side. We had the chances but we didn’t take them. The manager tried to create the best balance for the game but we didn’t make the most of it.

on whether Arsenal defended well enough as a team…
You always have that concern when you are dominated against. We were 1-0 down and we had 10 men. We had to take risks by playing with three at the back, and we knew that we needed to score goals while still remaining strong at the back.

on big games coming up…
We go game by game. I think we created enough chances in the first 20 minutes to go one or 2-0 up. It was very disappointing to not be in that position. After Olivier’s sending off the game changed completely. We tried to get back but we couldn’t in the end.

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