Arsenal were defeated 3-0 by north London rivals Tottenham on Thursday night, and Mikel Arteta is “very concerned” after meeting with his players.
After delivering a dressing room speech to the Arsenal players following their 3-0 loss to Tottenham on Thursday, Mikel Arteta confessed that he was “very scared.”
Arsenal had the potential to seal their top four position in one of the most anticipated north London derbies in years, but they crumbled after being reduced to ten men and losing 3-0.
On the touchline, Arteta was enraged, but he has confessed that, while he is “very concerned,” he was pleased with Arsenal’s play until decisions went against them.
Following the defeat, Arteta stated, “I have already picked them up.”
“This game is in the books, and all we can think about is Newcastle, Newcastle, Newcastle.
I told them I was very happy for them and that if they continued to play like they did in the first half hour, they would be alright against Newcastle.
I’m quite concerned about today, but I’m not concerned about my guys’ performance. I want us to be where we belong.” He added.
Arsenal might have clinched the top four for not only themselves but also Chelsea, preventing Tottenham from qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Tottenham’s triumph, on the other hand, has thrown the top four competitions wide open, putting Arsenal under increasing pressure.
Arsenal had a strong start to the derby, and they were the better team in the early stages.
Despite the fact that Tottenham were under pressure to win, the Gunners’ poor discipline ultimately gave the match to their opponents.
Midway through the first half, Cedric Soares conceded a penalty, which Harry Kane converted to put Tottenham in front.
Arsenal were down to ten men as Rob Holding couldn’t control his rage at Son Heung-Min and received two quick yellow cards.
Kane promptly extended his and Tottenham’s lead, and Son added a third four minutes after the half.
Arsenal had only themselves to blame for allowing Tottenham to coast, but Arteta was enraged by the officials’ actions, which eventually decided their fate.
An angry Arteta remarked at full time, “I cannot give you an honest appraisal since I will be suspended for a long period.
I value honesty yet am unable to provide an honest assessment. If I express what I believe, I will be suspended for six months.
I am permitted to express my thoughts in my own words, but I dislike lying. My players make me very proud but such a lovely game was ruined here.”
Arsenal still leads Tottenham in the Premier League, but their advantage has shrunk to just one point, requiring them to at least replicate their current record to maintain their lead. However, Tottenham’s schedule is less demanding than Arsenal’s.
Arsenal must go to Newcastle before meeting Everton, while Tottenham must face relegation-threatened Burnley as well as Norwich, who have already been relegated.
It also means Chelsea aren’t yet safe, although their Champions League place is expected to be confirmed soon.