Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky Sports after Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at the Emirates this evening.
Here’s what he had to say.
On the performance …
From box to box, we were at least at the level or better, but in the boxes, that’s where they won the game.
You didn’t defend well enough or take chances when they came?
They had two chances, they scored two goals. We conceded two poor goals, and we didn’t score but for the rest, we played the way we played, toe to toe against the best team in the league right now. Big credit to the players.
What was good between the boxes?
Everything. Our high press, how we regained the ball, how we kept the ball, how we threatened … everything.
Did Liverpool struggle with Arsenal intensity in the first half?
Overall, it was everything that we talked about. How we tried to execute it, the intensity, the mentality, the courage that they played with against this team. Unfortunately the performance doesn’t reflect the result.
Will it dent confidence?
I hope not because I think it should make them realise this is another step (forward) and the gap is smaller. But the reality is you lose the game and at that level when you open the door for them, you concede a goal.
What were the key moments?
Before the first goal. Odegaard puts that one in the net and it’s a different story.
Are these decisive against teams of Liverpool’s quality?
In the boxes!
Where does it leave you?
With a bad taste because we want to win every game, but proud of the boys and the performance, and the connection with the fans – they stayed behind the team all the way through.
There is a lot togetherness now?
I’ve never seen atmosphere like this, that’s the reality.
Where do we go with top four hopes now?
We go today to sleep well, to have something good to eat, recover, get mentally prepared because Saturday we have a battle against Aston Villa.
The next game is the biggest of the season.