Arteta Takes Responsibility For Aston Villa Defeat

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has blamed himself after the dismal 3-0 loss to Aston Villa at home on Sunday.

Ollie Watkins scored twice at the Emirates in a dominant performance from Dean Smith’s side condemning the Gunners to 11th in Premier League table

Victory at Old Trafford last weekend was another step in the right direction under Arteta, and the Spaniard would have expected his side to build on that morale-boosting result.

In a post match interview, Arteta stated “After that, we performed below our standards and I have to say it’s the first time I’ve seen us play and we weren’t a team.

“I take full responsibility. We didn’t start well enough, we got away with VAR for an offside situation but we lost all the races, the duels and we were sloppy on the ball. When we created chances we didn’t hit the target. It’s a really bad combination. We left spaces and on the counter we looked really vulnerable.

“I take full responsibility. I am responsible to make the team perform on the pitch and today we were not a team and it is my job. It is why I am standing here.

“It is a frustration. It takes a lot to build momentum, to build a way of being, living and performing and when something like that comes up it’s a hard one to take but in a hard moment you learn more than in a positive moment and I want to see how we react.”

Arsenal travel to face Leeds next on Sunday, November 22; after a two-week international break

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