Arteta ‘concerned’ after ‘sloppy and imprecise’ Arsenal showing

Mikel Arteta admitted that he is “concerned” following Arsenal’s defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Emirates.

Enock Mwepu was a major thorn in Arsenal’s side on Saturday afternoon. He set up Leandro Trossard for Brighton’s first goal before he scored one of his own in the second half.

Gabriel Martinelli netted before the interval but this was ruled out by VAR. Martin Odegaard scored a consolation for the Gunners late on but they were beaten 2-1.

Arsenal have now lost three of their last four games in the Premier League. They are level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham after 30 games.

Spurs can move ahead of Arsenal points-wise if they pick up a positive result against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Arteta said after the Brighton loss that Arsenal “made it really difficult” for themselves:

“It has been a tough week; especially today because we wanted a reaction [to the defeat at Crystal Palace]. It came in the second half, which is too late. But we have to have the courage and personality to play much better and raise the level in the first half,” Arteta told BBC Sport.

“We made it really difficult for ourselves. We were sloppy, we had no purpose to attack, we were really imprecise and we didn’t want to play forward.

“We’ve shown for many weeks how well we can play; it has been a difficult week and we’ve lost some big players, but if you get what you want, not everything is going to be with a blue sky. This is our team in the good moments and especially the defeats.

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“There are many games to play but we have to be concerned about that performance, especially first half.”

Mwepu added after the game that Brighton showed what they are capable of against Arsenal:

“I’m glad we won today; we needed the three points, coming from six defeats is not easy. We really believe in ourselves, we have the right mentality in the group and we showed what we could do today.

“The gameplan was to win. The mentality and the confidence the coach has shown in us [is huge]. We believe in ourselves. We just want to play and win for the fans. The win gives us confidence and more hope for the next games. We have Tottenham next and we will believe we can win.”

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