Coach Mikel Arteta was disappointed to see Arsenal’s defensive players let Raheem Sterling head for the goal in a 0-1 defeat to Man City in the Premier League on the evening of February 21.
“We had something wrong. Our strategy didn’t work for the first 10 minutes. It was a cross and Raheem Sterling couldn’t stand there and hit his head. You can’t lose like that. That loss was tactical and we were prepared for the situation like that. But the players couldn’t read the game, “Arteta told. Sky Sports.
Arsenal conceded in the second minute when receiving Man City in the 25th round of the Premier League. In the first 10 minutes, goalkeeper Bernd Leno was constantly threatened and the gap could be widened if Man City made better use of the opportunities to score more goals. However, a difference of one table is enough for teachers and teachers Pep Guardiola to leave with three points. This is the 18th consecutive victory in all competitions of Man City.
On the contrary, this defeat left Arsenal 4 points behind by 11 points, while the season had 13 rounds left. This is their third loss in the last four rounds. Hope to win the Champions League next season is increasingly fuzzy with Arteta teachers and students. Therefore, they have to look forward to winning the Europa League.
“Arsenal are in a difficult position after conceding. It is a difficult situation. With the players and with the Man City map in place, they play completely at ease. After being led, the team responded well. “We dominate and create opportunities, but Arsenal are not qualified enough in those situations to score goals,” Arteta commented. “We built a good momentum, played confidently and held the ball. Arsenal found good gaps near the opponent’s penalty area but could not deliver the right passes to score. We tried. try to exploit their weaknesses though not much. The way Man City fight in the last minutes shows that they are a top team “.
In the first round of the 16th round of Europa League on February 19, “Gunners” drew Benfica 1-1. The return round will take place on February 25. Instead of kicking at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal had to play at home in Greece because of the anti-Covid-19 rule in England.
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