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Mikel Arteta: Liverpool ‘slap within the face’ may assist Arsenal in closing phases of the season
April 7, 2021
Mikel Arteta hopes Arsenal’s loss to Liverpool was a “slap within the face” which can assist them get their season again on monitor.
Arsenal have been roundly criticised for his or her efficiency within the 3-0 loss on Saturday, with Sky Sports activities’ Gary Neville describing the attacking efforts of gamers comparable to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe as “a joke”.
Arteta stated his gamers totally deserved that criticism however hopes the stark nature of the loss will assist his staff “get again to actuality” for the ultimate phases of the season, which proceed with a Europa League quarter-final first leg in opposition to Slavia Prague on Thursday night time.
“I feel we’ve to respect each opinion and when there’s criticism coming after that efficiency we’ve to take it on the chin as a result of we totally deserve it,” he stated.
“It is time to reply on the pitch and present what we are able to do. After we are at full gasoline we’re an excellent aspect.
“However the entire staff and myself must put in a greater efficiency than we did in opposition to Liverpool.
“I can not criticise the work ethic of my gamers and I’ve by no means completed that. It isn’t about whether or not they wish to run or wish to strive, my calls for are about hitting their targets and attending to their greatest stage – prior to now two days I’ve seen that.
“That is why it was an enormous shock what occurred in opposition to Liverpool however typically you get an enormous slap on the face and that is a very good factor to get again to actuality.
“Each single space needs to be significantly better. I can not talk about the specifics however we have to do higher. That is all I am inquisitive about for the subsequent six or seven weeks.”
That interval may see Arsenal with out left-back Kieran Tierney, who sustained knee ligament harm within the loss to Liverpool.
Whereas the harm doesn’t require surgical procedure, the Scotland worldwide will miss the subsequent 4 to 6 weeks of motion, though Arteta was reluctant to say his season is over.
“It may have been worse as a result of it regarded fairly scary however the harm is just not too dangerous and never as dangerous as we thought it was after the sport,” he stated.
“We’ve to go day-to-day, see how he’s feeling and reacting and once we get near enjoying time, we are going to make that call.
“We’ll must make some changes as a result of he has distinctive qualities and we have to discover other ways to fill that hole and discover different methods to be efficient.”