Brighton, England, October 3 (BUS) – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said his team did not deserve to win after a toothless attacking display in the 0-0 draw away to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, but the Spaniard took some relief from that. Strong defensive performance.
After a thrilling 3-1 win over arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur last week, Arsenal are back on the ground with a bump as Graham Potter’s side have at times mesmerized the kind of freestyle football Arteta loved to see from his side, Reuters reports.
Brighton made a total of 21 attempts, but only two of them were on target as Arsenal defended insistently, and although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post with a header in the first half, their rude possession in possession is cause for concern.
“(Header) was probably the only open case in the first half, and we were unlucky not to score. I don’t think we deserved to win the match, we have to equalize with the performance we had today,” Arteta told the BBC.
The Gunners improved after the break and had a good 10 minutes late in the game, but other than that they looked like losers as they sought to create their own chances.
“We didn’t make enough good decisions, every time there was a duel where we could escape pressure and attack open spaces, we managed to face this structure and we had to do better,” Arteta said.
The defenders did a good job keeping up with Brighton’s nimble and smooth attacking ball, and although they came under pressure on set-pieces, they often managed to get into blocks or force their hosts to shoot from distance.
“We have conceded one goal in the last five games which is really positive… Now we can focus on the things we are doing well and work on the things we need to improve,” Arteta said.