Mikel Arteta has spoken after Arsenal’s 2-0 Premier League defeat to Tottenham
What did you think of the performance? How much of a concern is your form?
In terms of the performance they did everything I asked them to do. Absolutely everything. We played the way I believe we had to believe this game.
You look at all the stats, they’re in our favour but at the end of the day it’s about putting the ball in the box.
The first situation they had from 30 yards they put it in the top corner. You have to applaud it.
The second one, Thomas has to come off, he cannot fill the gap that he should be in and we get done. Just before we had an open situation to score a goal as well. After that in this moment normally the team would fall and the team got better after the first one, the team got better after the second one.
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They tried to generate a situation, we had the chances. We had generated probably more than ever this season put the ball in the box more than ever, had the numbers there.
But at the end of the day we have to score the goals and when they had a half chance they scored, and at the moment we haven’t. To build something you need results.
I take a lot of positives for the way we played, when we come here in this moment and play with the personality, the courage, the passion, the energy and the belief the boys showed. At the end it’s a football match and you have to win it, and we lost again today.
How do you turn this run of results around?
By scoring goals, very simple. We need to score goals. If not, it’s unsustainable. It doesn’t matter what we do in other departments of the pitch, if we don’t score goals we can’t do nothing. We need to put the ball in the net, urgently.
Can you talk us through the Thomas Partey injury?
It is injured, in the same area unfortunately. We don’t know how bad it is. I was trying to push him. I don’t think he realised the gravity of the situation when he left his position. Probably because he was in a lot of pain. There’s nothing we can do at the moment to resolve that.
Is there any frustration or annoyance with Thomas that he tried to come off?
It was too quick. We were through. I think it was a four against two situation for us to play the final ball. Suddenly they are coming to us and Thomas is walking to me. I’m trying to push him. I haven’t spoken to him, I don’t know exactly how it happened. If he felt something really serious. I will look at it and we’ll talk about it.
Yeah, you could see from the chances we’ve created as well. A cross doesn’t mean just an aerial cross. There were a lot of good parts where we penetrated the penalty box on numerous occasions, just to find the last pass or the final ball and the goal came through, we didn’t hit it, they blocked it – it was a lot of things to happen. If we generate it every week we will win football matches. At the moment it looks like we need to do a lot to score a goal.