May 17, 2021

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Arteta ‘disappointed’ with loss to Villa

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is ‘disappointed’ with the way his team gave away chances in the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

The Gunners went behind in just the second minute as Villa pounced on a defensive error from Cedric Soares.

The full back tried a pass to Gabriel, only for Bertrand Traore to pounce on the loose ball.

He crossed it to forward Ollie Watkins, who dispatched of the chance to bag his tenth league goal of the season.

Arsenal had chances to equalise through Nicolas Pepe and Martin Odegaard.

Pepe fired wide with his right foot after ignoring plenty of options in the box.

Real Madrid loanee Odegaard sent his strike over the bar in the 84th minute.

Speaking after the defeat, Arteta told BBC Sport: “I’m extremely disappointed to lose and the way we lost it. We were the better team. We controlled every department but we gave them the ball. We gave them another three big chances. Then when we had to score the goal, we didn’t find the right pass or the right shot.

“They were better in the boxes and that’s how you win games. We created enough opportunities. We didn’t score, we cannot win the game.

“We just gave them the ball, a moment you make a mistake and they punish you.

“You cannot win football matches if every week you do something like that. Four or five times we’ve played with ten men. Against Wolves, we deserved to win both games by far but we lost both.”

Arsenal could have been given a penalty when Villa keeper Emi Martinez seemed to pull down Alexandre Lacazette in the box.

However, VAR didn’t check the incident. Speaking about this, Arteta continued: “[Red cards] cost us that game [against Wolves] – today other big decisions. Regardless of what the referee did today we should win the game comfortably.”

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