Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky Sports after today’s 1-0 defeat to Man City, this is what he had to say.
Is a narrow defeat any consolation?
No, I am upset, because I think we deserved more from the game. I am extremely happy about the performance we put in today, against a top, top team. To come here and play with the attitude, and to have the courage to play the way we played today, to make it as difficult as we made it, I have to say I cannot demand much more from the players.
Apart from to say that when you have three big chances, in this game you have to score.
Which was the best chance?
I think the three of them were really good, and obviously the situation we have with the corner and Kyle Walker … in that situation.
Have you seen it back?
What are your thoughts on it now?
Well, that has to be checked [by VAR]. They said that they checked, and I asked ‘How the hell have you checked if you took two seconds to check that action?!’
Obviously there is something there.
Sky understands VAR chose not to review it.
Yes, I think that’s what happened.
Do you think you could have done better for the goal you conceded?
Yes. I have to review that, but obviously every goal the opponents score, there is something .. early or after, but we cannot change that. We know that everything has to be perfect in both boxes against them, but again I have to say we’ve come a long way.
I am extremely happy, I was in the dressing room [at City] for four years, and I know what it takes for a team to have done what we did tonight here.
How far have you come – can it be measured versus the last time?
They are completely different games, we had two injuries in the first 15 minutes, we played 45 minutes with 10 men … it’s just different. I talk about today, tonight, what we’ve done … if we have to lose football games, let’s do it like this.
Willian in the centre – what was the thinking?
It was part of the game plan, situations we wanted to use, overloads we wanted to create, and I thought it was a good match for him.
How much impact did Holding’s late injury have?
We are always aware, we always ask our players to be ready because this can happen in the warm up, after two minutes in the game, and David was ready to play, and I think he had a great performance.
Viewing defeat in perspective.
I look in perspective, against the team that we play, against the things they tried to do … how they adapted, how they read the situations and tried to correct them. And the energy that I felt in the game, I felt that we got better and better, and they are extremely disappointed they didn’t get anything from the game.