Manchester City may have come out on top in last night’s much-anticipated FA Cup clash with Arsenal at the Etihad but the Gunners can take “a lot of positives”, according to goalkeeper Matt Turner.
A much-rotated side held their own against Erling Haaland and co. in a first half that saw the visitors have the better chances.
The deadlock was eventually broken just past the hour mark by a precise finish by defender Nathan Ake and despite a late rally, led by substitute Gabriel Martinelli, Arteta’s men couldn’t find an equaliser that would have forced a replay.
City visit the Emirates for the first league clash of the season in just under three weeks and Turner is adamant that last night’s encounter is something to build on.
“We know how much the cup means to this club and the supporters and to us, so we’re really disappointed that we didn’t advance to the next round,” he told Arsenal.com.
“But there are a lot of positives to take from the performance and stuff to build on for the future.
“We didn’t really give them much for most of the game. I felt like we defended our box really well but when you give world-class players space on the edge of the box, we didn’t do enough to clear the ball afterwards.
“It’s disappointing to concede in the fashion we did, especially with some of the chances we created during the match, but we did and that’s that. We have to learn from it and continue to move forward.”
For his part, manager Arteta was pleased with the way the players he rotated into the starting lineup coped with the occasion. In addition to Turner, Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Rob Holding, Fabio Vieira and Leandro Trossard all got useful minutes, as did second half substitute Sambi Lokonga.
“I’m very proud of the boys, they fully deserved the chance to play,” reflected Arteta.
“We kept saying that everyone is important and if that’s the case, they have to play, and they gave me another reason today to keep trusting them and have them contribute to the team.
“Now I’m disappointed and I think that we are all disappointed because we wanted to beat them, and we wanted to be in the cup as it’s a very important competition. Tomorrow, we’ll maybe look at the [upcoming] game a bit differently.”