The Gunners boss is disappointed with his team’s performance in the opening match of the Premier League on Friday
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted that the Gunners fully deserved their loss of the season against Brentford as the manager was ‘disappointed’ over the start of his squad with the new campaign.
The Gunners were outscored by their newly promoted opponents on Friday when Brentford scored a 2-0 victory.
Despite the elimination and hosting of the hosts on Friday, Arsenal had nothing to show for it, after struggling to truly test a team that played in the Championship last season.
What did Arteta say?
“I’m disappointed,” he said. BT Sport. “We started the season against a good opponent. I don’t think we deserved anything else. They scored a long throw and we did not have enough presence in the box.”
Arteta also weighs in a bit of controversy from Brentford’s second goal.
Brenford scored a goal kick through a Christian Norgaard header from a long entrance, which possibly caused Brend Leno to fail in the build-up.
But Arteta was not as frustrated with the no-call as with Brenford’s first goal, a finish from Sergi Canos.
“It was allowed in the Premier League,” he said of the second goal. “He can not move. I can not change it now.
“The first goal gave them hope. We wanted to play better in the second half, but we needed a lot more shots on goal, and then we conceded a solid goal.
“A lot of young boys did everything in their power. For some of them, it was their first experience in the league – that says a lot.”
Arteta got a headache on Friday because he was without two of his biggest stars.
Arsenal missing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, who Arteta said she felt ‘unwell’ before the match started.
“I can not change that,” he said of their absences. “We knew it before the game. I do not know [if they’ll be available for the next game].
“What I can control and help, I will put all my enthusiasm and effort into.”