Mikel Arteta admits he loves Arsenal ‘greater than ever’ after Southampton slip-up

Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta has backed his facet after their Premier League title hopes have been dented with a 3-3 draw towards Southampton on Friday night.

Some calamitous defending gifted Southampton two targets contained in the opening quarter-hour, however Gabriel Martinelli responded quickly after and it gave the impression to be only a matter of time earlier than an equaliser and maybe an eventual winner.

The Saints, nonetheless, held agency and even headed a 3rd by Duje Caleta-Automobile halfway by the second half. Whereas Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka each struck on the loss of life to rescue some extent, the outcome nonetheless comes as an unlimited blow to Arsenal’s hopes of successful the Premier League title.

Regardless of the frustration, Arteta insisted the response from his gamers to falling behind has solely made him extra pleased with their improvement.

 “Clearly sad with the outcome,” he instructed Sky Sports activities. “We made it very tough once more for ourselves however errors are a part of soccer however the best way we reacted… I really like my gamers greater than ever.

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“It’s unbelievable, we have been on the best way again, we conceded once more with a sloppy aim however in the long run we should always have gained the sport. We created sufficient probabilities and alternatives nevertheless it did not occur and we’re dissatisfied.

“You’ll be able to’t concede three targets on this league, for those who concede three like we did in a sloppy method it is extremely tough to win matches.

“This younger group reacts in a method that’s unbelievable, when it’s towards the percentages however the probabilities they created and the spirit that they had it was a pleasure to observe. The message is evident that I really like them.

“We’re down and they’re extra prepared than anyone to win it. You’ll be able to see that spirit and battle within the dressing room however it’s clear now we have to do defensively issues higher.”

The stress is on for Arsenal, who journey to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester Metropolis on Wednesday in a fixture which seems to be do-or-die for his or her title hopes.


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