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Arteta: Arsenal Not Good Enough To Beat Brentford

Arteta: Arsenal Not Good Enough To Beat Brentford

Arteta admitted that his Arsenal side were ‘not good enough’ to beat Premier League new boys Brentford.

Playing in the English top-flight for the first time in 74 years, Brentford stunned the Gunners 2-0 thanks to goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard.

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Arteta was missing some key players as the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Thomas Partey, Gabriel and Eddie Nketiah were not available.

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“I’m disappointed. It’s not the way we wanted to start the season,” he said. “We didn’t start well, conceding a goal in an isolated incident.

“We didn’t cope well with the second balls or long balls. And that’s all they needed to create problems for us. Then we conceded from a long throw.

“The biggest worry was our threat in front of goal. The amount of times we got around the box and got in great situations but it wasn’t enough threat or shots on target. If you don’t do that in the Premier League then you won’t win.”

He went on to add: “I don’t want excuses – we missed players but I don’t like to hide. We were not good enough to beat them. We did not do the basics.

“We have started in a disappointing way but we will review and speak with cool heads and try to put it right as soon as possible.

“First of all, thank you because of the support that they are giving to the team, the travelling fans that were here. And after that, I apologise for the result and we know that we have to improve.

“We have two big games coming up right now and we need a different performance to get a different result.”

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