Mikel Arteta says his players became sloppy after Gabriel Martinelli doubled Arsenal’s lead when they should have put Newcastle in the net.
While the Gunners had no undue difficulty against the visitors, the fact that his young side failed to score more goals while the away team were chasing seems to have annoyed the boss.
“After the 2-0, we knew we had to go to another level as a team,” he said. Arsenal.com.
“We put too many sloppy and disorganized balls in the press and we let them run a few times and that created a different feeling.
“It’s the moment where we have to give more, and go to the third or fourth season and take it one step further.”
On the plus side, Arteta was very pleased with the quality of the two goals his team scored.
Bukayo Saka broke the deadlock with a decisive header in the 56th minute after a good combination of Emile Smith Rowe and Nuno Tavares before Martinelli came on for the England winger, hitting Takehiro Tomiyasu’s net.
“The finish and the combination from Bukayo and again the composure he showed in the box to put the ball in the right area, was amazing,” said Arteta. press conference after the game.
“Gabi’s run has great movement and the serve from Tomi too. This technique is difficult as the ball goes over your head to keep that ball going down and has that quality to the finish. It’s impressive.”
He added: “The really important thing is to win and come back. It was a game with different phases in the first half and we could change the game when we wanted to, but not really threaten or hurt them.
“We lacked a bit of urgency and some composure in the last third to serve better. We tried to miss the target and in the second half we had to maintain and not be in a hurry to lose any structure in our play because we were controlling them pretty well, but we needed to more threatening. and I think we did.
“We scored two goals and then the game was under our control.”
Arsenal now have four days at London Colney before taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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