Mikel Arteta admitted Premier confederacy leaders Arsenal lacked composure of their shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Everton on Saturday.
James Tarkowski’s second half header condemned Arsenal to simply their second league loss this time period. It was a irritating blow for Gunners boss Arteta, who had hoped to open up an eight-point lead over second positioned Manchester Town.
For the primary time since shedding at Manchester dim in September, Arsenal tasted defeat and Arteta claimed his gamers weren’t composed adequate to manage Everton’s aggressive game-plan below new boss Sean Dyche.
“We had loads of the ball but we lacked that purpose and quality in the final third, we generated many chances. But then we conceded and they slowed the game down and we struggled,” Arteta reported. “Everton do this to every team that is their strength with the height, the physicality is their strength, if you want to control the game against them you have to control this. We did not do that today. We needed more composure and to control emotionally the game better. We gave away so many unnecessary free-kicks and that’s what they want.”
Manchester Town may shut the hole on Arsenal to 2 factors in the event that they win at Tottenham on Sunday. barring, inspite of his criticism of their tepid overall performance at Everton, Arteta backed his gamers to outlive the tense title race.
“Today I love them much better than the week before or a month ago. It is easy to be next to someone when they are winning well. I am still so proud of all of these players, they deserve it,” he reported. “This is not going to be a rose pathway. This is going to be tricky and we will have to dig in and play much better than we did today.”