Arteta admits there are 'still some things' for Arsenal to do in window
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Mikel Arteta has apologised to Arsenal fans after his side fell to a humiliating 5-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday afternoon. The Gunners were already down by the time Granit Xhaka was given his marching orders, but with 10 men their job was made so much harder, and the scoreline could have been even worse.
After early goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres, the Gunners quickly found themselves 2-0 down and struggling.
The task at hand was made even harder when Granit Xhaka inexplicably flew into a two-footed challenge before half-time, warranting a red card in the eyes of Martin Atkinson.
Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Rodri and another from Torres completed the scoring, rubber stamping a 5-0 scoreline which could have been even worse but for Bernd Leno’s heroics.
Without doubt, the trouncing would have made painful viewing for Arteta, who served as Pep Guardiola’s number two in the opposite dugout until 2019.
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Arsenal fans have also been reminded that today marks 10 years, to the day, since their famous 8-2 thrashing at Old Trafford.
Since that day, Arsene Wenger gave way to Unai Emery, who in turn gave way to Arteta, and things have not looked particularly positive since.
After the game, Arteta said: “Really painful. We started the game really well but when we went 2-0 down, for me it’s a clear punch on Callum [Chambers’] face.
“After the red card, we had a mountain to climb. I am angry [about it] because of the consequences that it had to the team.”
On convincing fans that he is the right man for the job, the Spaniard added: “When you lose games it’s impossible but we had 3,000 fans today and the way they reacted to the team was unconditional which is why everyone went over to say thankyou.
“I’m sorry we cannot give them the results right now, and I have to fix it.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also had his say after the game: “I blame us as a team because today, it wasn’t enough. After we took the red card it was a completely different game.
“Everyone has to raise the level, look at themselves in the mirror and stick together. We have to talk between us players because we are Arsenal and we need pride, we have to say the truth between each other.
“As the senior players, we have to show the way to the young players.”
Arsenal go into the international break with three defeats from three and zero goals scored. The fixtures have not been kind to the Gunners at the start of this season, but Arteta knows he will have to find another gear, and find it quickly, if he is to save his job.
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