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Arteta: Arsenal were not good enough against Porto

Mikel Arteta expressed his dissatisfaction with Arsenal’s last-minute loss to Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

As the game approached its conclusion at the Estadio do Dragao, Arsenal seemed poised for a respectable 0-0 draw against the Portuguese giants. However, Wenderson Galeno’s stunning goal in the 94th minute dashed their hopes and handed Porto a narrow advantage to carry into the return leg at the Emirates Stadium in two weeks’ time. This outcome left Arteta decidedly unhappy after the final whistle.

The Gunners boss told TNT Sports post-match: “Obviously we have to manage much better when you cannot win. The way we handled the ball on three occasions in deep areas, it’s not good enough. It’s half-time, you want to be in the quarter-finals, you have to beat your opponent and that’s what we have to do at the Emirates. We lacked threat, we lacked much more threat, more aggression when we had the ball in the final third, especially in the back as well, more purpose to hurt them. And We can do better. We play at home now, we know them and we know what to expect.”

Arteta will need to rethink his strategy against Porto in the return leg

Arsenal’s struggles to advance beyond the last 16 in the Champions League have persisted over their last seven attempts. The last time they reached the quarter-finals was in 2010, with Premier League figure Nicklas Bendtner spearheading the attack.

Bendtner notably scored a hat-trick against Porto, contributing to a 6-2 aggregate victory. Mikel Arteta will be eager for a similar standout performance from one of his players in the return leg at home, especially after his team failed to register a single shot on target in Porto on Wednesday night.

Arsenal’s streak of five consecutive victories came to an end with the 1-0 defeat, all of which were secured in the Premier League since the start of the new year. Despite this setback, Mikel Arteta’s team will seek to continue their impressive league form and narrow the gap at the top of the table. Their next challenge awaits them at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening as they take on Newcastle.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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