Mikel Arteta has said sorry to supporters following the Gunners’ humbling against Chelsea
The Arsenal squad and Arsene Wenger have held clear-the-air talks following Saturday’s heavy defeat in the London derby, with Mikel Arteta admitting that the team fell well below their expected standards when losing to Chelsea.
The Spaniard was among those who cut a crestfallen figure as the early Chelsea goals rained in and essentially decided the contest within the first twenty minutes, with Arteta claiming that the defeat was ‘unacceptable’.
The result means that Arsenal are practically out of the title race and might yet face a battle to claim a spot in next season’s Champions League, with Tuesday’s game taking on an added importance when the team face Swansea.
“We paid for our own mistakes. We have to take it on the chin because it is unacceptable to lose another big game like this,” the Spaniard said to Arsenal Media.
“You cannot only just move on, you have to analyse what you have done and react. I am expecting a big reaction on Tuesday [because] Saturday was not good enough for this football club.
“The good thing is we have a lot of things to play for and we have always reacted to disappointments and difficult moments, but this one is a really hard one to take, it was a massive game for us and for me it is unacceptable.
“The pressure we put on ourselves by losing games like that is massive and there is no need for it.
“We just disrupted the good season we were having. I don’t know what else to say apart from sorry to everyone at the club, the fans, and we promise that we will try hard to put that right.”