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Arteta after FA Cup loss to Liverpool: Arsenal deserved to win

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists his team deserved to win the match following their FA Cup defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

Liverpool progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal have now lost three games in a row and won just one of their last seven in all competitions.

After the defeat against Liverpool, Mikel Arteta insisted the Gunners should have won the clash.

Merit-wise, performance-wise, there is no question who deserved to win the game,” Arteta told reporters.

It’s very difficult but if the team is getting hammered and not deserving to win football matches, I would be much more worried.”

When my team plays with this confidence what can I do? I am still behind them 100%.

Arteta

Arteta also told BBC Sport: “Well the performance was there and the amount of chances too. We just have to win the game, but we lost it and we are not capitalising. To win games we need to capitalise. When you are better than the best team in Europe and you generate that amount of chances…I have not seen a team do it against them like we have done it.

It is not enough. The reality is, it is not enough. Listen [do I say] play worse than Liverpool, be worse and we will win the game. When my team plays with this confidence what can I do? I am still behind them 100%. “It is what it is and we have to continue to play the same way and be more efficient.”

Arteta was asked about possibly of signing a new striker in the January transfer window, after the recent Gabriel Jesus injury.

He said: “What I ask the supporters is they stay behind the team. Hopefully it’s not anything big but we had a scan and we couldn’t take a risk [by playing him].”

Arteta added: “At the moment it doesn’t look realistic. My job is to improve the players we have.”

Arsenal will face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on January 20.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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