Mikel Arteta has left nobody in any doubt what he thinks of last night’s disappointing 0-0 draw with Bolton.
The Gunners failed to capitalise on Chelsea’s dropped points against Swansea, spurning a number of good goalscoring opportunities during the 90 minutes. The Spaniard says that while the team won’t give up on the fight for a top four finish, they’ve made life tough for themselves.
“This result is not good enough,” he said. “We have got the players and the quality to have a better result. It is going to be tough to finish in the top four but it depends on us.
“We have got the talent and the quality in the side to do it but we have to show it day by day. We had the chances to score and we didn’t.
“You are not going to get 15 chances to win a football game and nowadays when you get it, especially away from home, you have to take it.”
Arteta’s thoughts were echoed by Per Mertesacker who says socks need to be pulled up and quick smart.
“I think there is a lot of room for improvement,” he told Arsenal Player. “We have a very good side and good potential but we have to be good on the pitch. At the moment we don’t use all our opportunities.
“We are always looking for clean sheets and good performances. In the first half we created good chances to score but it wasn’t enough. I think in the first half we deserved to lead but it is only one point in the end.
“We are one of the first teams to play at the weekend so we have to go for the three points to show the others we are already there.”