Mikel Arteta said Arsenal was “in great trouble” and was feeling more pain after losing 4-1 at home. City of Manchester He kicked them out of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
The Arsenal His coach picked a team from the second series and watched his goalkeeper Alex Ronnarson endure a hot evening. The low point came when the Icelandic player missed a free kick from Riyad Mahrez in the net to give City a 2-1 lead. Renarson was also partly responsible for Gabriel Jesus’ opening goal.
It was a night that had too many mistakes for Arteta. Gabriel Martinelli, who scored the equalizer for Arsenal for Alexandre Lacazette, was forced off the field with a kick to the leg while City’s third goal, scored by Phil Foden, had to be canceled solely for offside and there was no recourse to VAR.
The bottom line is that Arteta wasn’t hard luck. City were high quality, the team was by far the best and one step closer to their fourth consecutive victory in the competition. Pep Guardiola, Who joined them in 2016, only lost the knockout match of the competition.
Arteta’s team has plunged into a desperate series of Premier League titles, having collected only five points from the past 10 matches, and face a tough match with Chelsea on Boxing Day.
“We have to turn it around,” Arteta said. “There is no doubt about that.” “And we’re in big trouble. I’m focusing on our fighters. I see a lot of fighters. This was a really painful moment again. We conceded an easy goal really early and it’s hard to get past that but we hit back and scored. After that we were the better team but then we conceded a goal.” Another soft.
“When you give up on the goals we offered against an opponent like this, that makes the game impossible. After that, we have an open position when we play Lacazette and they score on the counter and from the offside position. After that, the game is over.”
Arteta said he felt his first goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, needed some relief. “He hasn’t played a lot of games and he’s only adapting to the league. We all make mistakes and we have to support him. We win and we lose together. The responsibility is on us all.”
City has struggled at times to advance in competition this season and Guardiola has been happy with the ruthlessness they have shown. But he added, “It’s like Manchester, it rains every day. For one day the sun shines. That doesn’t mean the weather will change. It’s just one game. So we’ll see what happens in the future.”
Guardiola lent his support to Arteta, his former City aide, who is under mounting pressure. “They will make a huge mistake [if they dismiss him]He said, “I’m sure they’ll trust him. I know its amazing quality. It’s just a matter of time and he will do well. “