Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta revealed what he was most disappointed about in his players after they were eliminated in the last 16 of the Europa League by a penalty shoot-out loss to Sporting Lisbon last night.
Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal weren’t good enough against Sporting Lisbon after last night’s Europa League elimination. Portugal 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium, resulting in a 3-3 aggregate draw, leading to penalties. And, after Gabriel Martinelli’s shot was saved. Nuno Santos gave Sporting a late shot. Lisbon advanced to the quarterfinals.
Although the home side got off to a better start and took the lead through Granit Xhaka, the visitors dominated most of the UFABET game with Arsenal unable to hold the ball and constantly losing the ball. After Sporting equalized, they had to play in extra time. The Gunners had two excellent chances to win the game, but away goalkeeper Antonio Adan was brilliant in denying Leandro Trossar and Gabriel’s shots.
The laxity and lack of a decisive finish left Arteta frustrated and he believes had done a lot to the team. Speaking to BT Sport after the game, the Spaniard said: “Obviously a big detriment, there were moments in the first 75 minutes where we were not at our level . enough to dominate the game High chance to win in extra time There’s a lot of uncertainty about penalty shootout ′′ It’s a very difficult game. We weren’t good enough with the ball under pressure. Kept losing the ball and it really opened up the game. Which we don’t want to play ′′ Injuries happened to [Takehiro] Tomiyasu and [William] Saliba. Because we have only made one move in the football market. And we don’t have any reserves left.
This work therefore makes the Premier. The league is the only title left for Arsenal to win. Their next game at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Gunners lead Manchester City five points at the top of the table with 11 games to go, Arteta added. Says: “We just have to look at ourselves and why we’re not good enough to go through. We congratulate Sporting And now we have 11 more games ′′ Our next game against Palace is the final. All the work we do right now has to be directed at Palace. And we have to do better in this UFABET game.”
Arteta also denied that Arsenal’s Europa League exit was not a good thing. hidden in the bad “We really want to qualify and fight for this tournament. And do my best to make it happen,” said Arteta. “Today we tried but it wasn’t enough. We didn’t have our rhythm and our flow, we were slow, we made a lot of balls. We found our flow in the last 20 minutes but we didn’t score. It showed incredible power and mentality, but we didn’t win. Penalties were a gamble.
When asked if eliminating Europe is a good thing hidden in a bad thing The Spaniard added: “Today I didn’t see it like that. We want to go through and give it our all. “Our effort was unbelievable. we want it so much But today it didn’t happen ′′ We have to look at ourselves. What we can do better, we can’t rely on penalties to win games.