Mikel Arteta has apologized to Arsenal supporters for his side’s “unacceptable” performance in the 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace.
The Gunners’ first four prospects have taken a significant dent at Palace, a result that leaves Tottenham in fourth place after the Premier League weekend.
The Gunners have a game in progress against their north London rivals but it was a standout performance from Arteta, as first-half goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew and a Wilfried Zaha’s second-half penalty was fantastic. Palace points.
Arteta, who was missing left-back Kieran Tierney with a knee injury picked up with Scotland after playing in their two recent friendlies, has slammed his side’s performance, admitting they haven’t physically competed against Palace.
He said sky sports“Congratulations to Palace for the game they played but we made it impossible for ourselves with the way we competed.
“You have to be physical and run and then you earn the right to play. We were really inconsistent on the ball and that’s unacceptable.
“We were poor, especially in the first half. I apologize to our supporters. We didn’t have the presence today or the composure to dominate the situation, that’s what irritates me the Some days you’re not there and you’re late all the time, they took over and there was a good vibe and we couldn’t get out.
“When we had big chances, we didn’t score to give ourselves the best chance to get back into the game. First of all, we have to put our hands up and get the criticism we deserve. Then we do it. accept, let’s look in the mirror and watch the next game. It wasn’t good enough.
“We have to rise to the challenge and the opportunity is in our hands. We have to be honest with ourselves and support each other.
“From the start we weren’t at races. When you come here you have to compete, you have to win duels and second balls and be aggressive and we weren’t one of those and besides we were really poor in ball.
“We tried in the second half, we had three or four great chances but the only half chance they had, they got a penalty.
“It’s time to accept the criticism, raise your hand and apologize because this performance was not good enough for this club, then react. When things are going well, everyone wants to be there and stand together. .”
Arteta was asked if perhaps one of the reasons for the loss was the pressure put on them by Tottenham in the race for the top four.
He replied: “No, the pressure had been there for seven or eight weeks. Today we didn’t play, it’s as simple as that. We were second best in every department, it’s as simple as that. We still have one game on the way. In the nine games, a lot will happen. We have to focus on ourselves.”
On Tierney’s injury, Arteta admitted the situation didn’t look positive for the Scotland full-back. “He came back from his international duties and he felt something wrong with his knee,” Arteta said. “We scanned it and there is damage there.
“He sees the specialist on Tuesday and hopefully we find out more, but it’s not looking good.”
Rooney: This could be a damaging outcome for Arsenal
Wayne Rooney on Monday Night Football:
“Crystal Palace were excellent. Conor Gallagher’s intensity really rubs off on the other players and you saw a reaction from the others. I thought 3-0 was deserved if I’m being honest.
“It could be a damaging result for Arsenal, but I’m sure Mikel Arteta will work on a reaction and make sure this game is top of mind.
“They have a lot of important games coming up and they are still in pole position. I just think they have so many young players that it could hurt them. Tottenham have a bit more experience which could help them through line.”
Carra: Important Arsenal don’t panic
Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football:
“It’s a bad night for Arsenal – the way they lost, not just the three points, but I think it’s very important that they don’t panic and there’s no hysteria They are still in a very good position – a better position than Tottenham and Manchester United.
“They just won five away games on the rebound, so you’re talking 15 points out of 18 away. They would have taken that out of the six away games.
“It was bad and the concern is that it could happen two or three more times. Other teams will be encouraged by the way Palace have played.
“I think it will be a really big boost for Tottenham and United tonight – not just Arsenal dropping points, but the way they lost. It’s important they don’t panic.”
Vieira: I’m so proud
Boss of the Crystal Palace patrick viera said: “We played a very good game of football. We defended well and took our chances. We scored in the important moments of the game. We needed a great team performance and we did. , so we are really satisfied.
“We wanted to put on the pressure and the atmosphere in the stadium allowed us to take that kind of risk. We were very smart with the way we defended from the front and took the chances to score goals.
“This football club is all about supporting the team and when we are at home we really feel that. The players were tired but the big difference is the atmosphere and the fans behind the players.”