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Mikel Arteta reveals why Arsenal’s performance was ‘upsetting’ in Manchester City defeat

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Arteta lost out to his former mentor Guardiola
Arteta lost out to his former mentor Guardiola (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta says he is upset with how deep his Arsenal team had to defend in the first half of their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.

The Gunners were pinned back for large periods of the game at the Etihad, with Raheem Sterling scoring the only goal in the 23rd minute.

Though the north London side created a few chances – most notably Bukayo Saka’s effort which was expertly blocked by Ederson – City were the dominant force.

Sterling scored the only goal of the game at the Etihad
Sterling scored the only goal of the game at the Etihad (Picture: Getty Images)

Arteta admits his team were forced into a cautious approach in the first period, while they lacked the cutting edge in the final third to hit back in the second half.

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The Spaniard said: ‘I think we had a real go because in the first half we had to defend deep and they were getting a lot of players behind the ball, false attacking midfielders, false nines, everybody really close to the ball without really creating much.

‘But it’s upsetting to see your team so deep.

‘I think in the second half we were really aggressive. We played in the opponents’ half, they had a lot of issues to get out of our pressure.

‘We could have created more in the final third, we lacked that final pass, that final cross, we got into some really good positions as well, on set-pieces we could have had something else, we had two great free-kicks in dangerous areas as well.

‘Listen, to get a win here everything has to go your way and you have to be so clinical and I think that was lacking today.’

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