Mikel Arteta consoles Matteo Guendouzi
Mikel Arteta could not hide his disappointment after Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea, but he offered no excuses in his press conference afterwards. Should Jorginho not have been sent off? “We can’t change that,” he said. Was Bernd Leno’s error to blame for the collapse? “It happens.”
Instead, he conceded that Arsenal simply fell short when it mattered, that they lacked the stamina to go until the end and that their naivety was punished at crucial moments. He is under no illusions about the work that lies ahead for him at Arsenal. But it was telling that there was also a focus on the positives. “I am pleased with a lot of things that I have seen,” he said.
Because aside from the crushing disappointment of the result and the manner in which Arsenal gave up the decisive goals, there was plenty to like about their overall performance. Arteta’s first home game in charge did not yield any points, but it did at least provide clear signs of progress.
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Arteta had spoken about turning the Emirates Stadium into a fortress…