Mikel Arteta has issued a harsh verdict on Arsenal’s performances after they were knocked out of the FA Cup early thanks to a lousy performance against Nottingham Forest
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Lewis Grabban came on from the bench to score the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute, put Forest in the fourth round and the City Ground went mad.
The Gunners failed to hit the target despite Arteta’s strong selection of attack including Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli.
The introduction of Alexandre Lacazette in the second half did not improve the threat of the visitors and the defeat caused Arsenal to be soon out of the game.
Arteta was furious with the performance and asked him and his players to “sorry” for their poor performance in the East Midlands.
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“They won, scored and we didn’t. We didn’t play well and we have to apologize for that,” the Gunners boss said after the game.
“I don’t want to make excuses, I hope the team I put on will do better and when you don’t win you’re out.
“Today showed that we are not qualified to win against Forest away and also did not work to win the game. It was a collective problem and today we did not do that. .”
Arteta was also asked if a dismal performance could land him in the January transfer market, with midfield being the current problem area led by Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny. participate in the Africa Cup of Nations.
“I want to try to bring out the best in the players we have,” added the Spaniard. “I think it’s clear where we need to strengthen, but at the moment that’s what we have. And what we have, we have to play.”
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“I don’t know. It will depend in the next few days how he feels,” Arteta said of Xhaka.
Arsenal are without Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu for the trip to Forest and Arteta is also uncertain whether the injured duo will return in time to face Jurgen Klopp’s Reds on Thursday.
“Again, it depends on how they grow,” says Arteta. “They’re injured. They can’t play – just like Gabi (centre-back Gabriel) is suspended – and I don’t know. We’ll have to see how they are in the next few days.”
The former midfielder won the FA Cup for the 2019/20 season shortly after being appointed manager, and he’s not trying to hide the “huge pain” he feels at leaving the competition too soon.
“This really hurts,” Arteta said. “It’s a competition that has been tied to our history and to come out of it today is a big pain. We need more motivation and the desire to win at all costs.
“We needed more. It was frustrating but it happened. We had to analyze why it happened. We could talk about all the players that we didn’t have but but We should do something different.
“I’ve been playing games like that for 18 years and it’s no surprise that the difficulties you’ll face. We don’t have enough determination, determination and purpose to advance the ball with enough quality. And when we had the chance, we didn’t hit the target.”