Mikel Arteta: Defeat against Brighton is ‘beyond the pale’


Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta said the result against Brighton is unsatisfactory for the team. Brighton defeated Arsenal by 2 goals to 1 in Arsenal’s second consecutive loss after restart.

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On Saturday, Brighton’s Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay scored one goal each for Brighton. Nicolas Pepe’s opener for Arsenal was cancelled out by the two Brighton strikes.

Brighton came-back after going one goal down in the game. This made the Gunners manager frustrated.

Brighton gained 3 points placing them 15th on the league table. Arsenal hopes for the Chmapions League spot are shattered. The loss on the weekend placed them 10th on the table with 40 points (8 points behind 4th placed Chelsea).

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“I am very frustrated,” Arteta said. “It is unacceptable the way we lost the game. We like competing and I know we have a young squad but still, we threw the game away. We had to put it to bed earlier.

Before the Premier League was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Arsenal were on a three-game winning run in the league that had revived their hopes of qualifying for Europe. However, after losing to Manchester City on Wednesday and now Brighton, it looks a tough task.

“We need to try to lift the players. There’s a lot of things that they’ve done really well, but we don’t compete,” Arteta said. “At this level you can’t give the goals that we gave away.

“It’s impossible. I know that we are a very, very young team but in the Premier League if you make two mistakes like this, you lost two goals. We can’t accept that.”

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Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno suffered a knee injury after he got his legs twisted when he came in contact with Maupay just before halftime. Maupay’s recklessness provoked Arsenal players to react furiously.

“I just went for the ball. I am that type of player — I don’t want to stop until the referee blows the whistle.” “Some of their players need to learn what is humility — especially one of them. He was talking all game, he was saying bad things,” Maupay said. “I don’t want to say because I could be in trouble. This is what happens when you talk too much on the pitch.

“I always believe players never have the intention to hurt anybody and I’m sure he didn’t have the intention to do that.” – Arteta on Maupay’s challenge on Bernd Leno.

Brighton snatched away three points from 10th placed Arsenal which gave them the cushion from the relegation zone. Arsenal are next up against Southampton on Thursday, June 25.

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