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Arteta: We just had a problem – Arseblog News

Mikel Arteta admits his team “collapsed” after half as much time as Liverpool took Arsenal to the match with a 4-0 victory that ended his side’s eight-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.

After the game, the Spaniard, who had been booked in the first half for an encounter with opposite number Jurgen Klopp, faced Sports sky camera.

Here’s what he had to say…

The result is…

I think the first half was a very competitive half, we got in, they had moments, we had moments. We had a disallowed goal and we played well. We conceded in one game and with one goal we had half of the game. That’s when we had to be patient and start building the game in our favor. We did the exact opposite. The first 15 to 20 minutes, we just crashed. We started serving the first 25 meters of the game against the best team in the world on short counter-attacks. That’s where we lost the game. The rest is just a result of frustration, having to chase the game and leave it open, losing the succinctness we had in the first half. When you have to protect the open space with them, you know they will punish you.

At the beginning of the second half…

They could press and they were one of the best teams but we were sloppy and when we had full possession we let it go. It is like, mistakes are part of football.

On whether his players should have defended the first goal better…

Yes, I think so. That’s their quality, that’s why they are the best team in Europe because they dominate every aspect of the game. They played better than us today, we have to accept that, congratulate them, learn and focus for the next game.

On what prompted the breakup with Klopp…

Nothing, I think he’s protecting his team, I’m protecting my team.

About what made him angry in the first place…

It’s not important.

As for whether he has spoken to Klopp since…

Well, I congratulate him for the game. For me, these incidents are still there [in the game], they are part of the heat and the way we want to compete.

On whether the incident hurt Arsenal because it made Liverpool fans feel uncomfortable…

I do not know. I think the atmosphere was phenomenal from the very beginning. This crowd doesn’t need much so I don’t think it makes a difference.

The loss showed how much his youth team still have to learn…

It was a big test and we proved in 45 minutes that we could compete with them, even though they had times when they were better than us. We crashed for 15/20 minutes, we just threw the game away completely and that was the learning part for today. Then you are completely exposed.

When encouraged by the unbeaten streak…

Yes, we absorb the things we have to learn from today. This tournament is a marathon, it will not be decided today. We have to move on and it’s about how we react as a team.

https://arseblog.news/2021/11/arteta-we-just-crashed/ Arteta: We just had a problem – Arseblog News

CELINE CASTRONUOVO

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