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Arteta Apologises For ‘Poor’ Arsenal Display In Defeat To Crystal Palace

Arteta Apologises For ‘Poor’ Arsenal Display In Defeat To Crystal Palace

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has apologised to the club’s fans for his team’s poor performance in the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at the Selhursr Park on Monday night.

The Gunners were second best in the game with Palace getting their goals through Jean-Philippe Mateta , Jordan Ayew and Wilfred Zaha.

“You have to be physical and run and then you earn the right to play. We were really inconsistent on the ball and that is unacceptable.

“We were poor, especially in the first half. I apologise to our supporters. We didn’t have the presence today or the composure to dominate the situation so that is what I’m most annoyed with. Some days you are not there and you are late all the time. They got on top of it and had a good atmosphere and we could not get out.

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“When we had the big chances we didn’t score to give ourselves the best chance to get back in the game. First of all we need to put our hands up and get the criticism we deserve. Then we accept it, look ourselves in the mirror and look to the next game. This was not good enough.

“We have to face the challenge and the opportunity is in our hands. We have to be honest with ourselves and support each other.

“From the beginning we were not at the races. When you come here you have to compete, you have to win duels and second balls and be aggressive and we were none of those and on top of that we were really poor on the ball.

“We tried in the second half, we had three or four big chances but the only half chance they had they got a penalty.

“It is time to accept the criticism, put your hand up and apologise because this performance was not good enough for this club, and then react. When everything goes well everyone wants to be there and be supportive.”


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