Arteta disappointed but pleased with players

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Arsenal manager Mikel Areta claims he is pleased with his players but disappointed with the result after his side crashed out of the FA Cup.

Arsenal faced Pep Guardiola Manchester City for the first time this season but ended in a defeat for the inform Gunners.

Speaking about the game after the match Arteta stated that his boys have shown that they deserve to play following thier performance.

“I’m very proud of the boys, they fully deserved the chance to play,” Arteta told “We kept saying that everyone is important and if that’s the case, they have to play, and they gave me another reason today to keep trusting them and have them contribute to the team.

“Now I’m disappointed and I think that we are all disappointed because we wanted to beat them, and we wanted to be in the cup as it’s a very important competition. Tomorrow, we’ll maybe look at the [upcoming] game a bit differently.”

Despite his happiness with his players, Mikel was frustrated with the manner of Nathan Ake’s winner which proved to be the difference between the teams in a game the boss believes could have easily gone the other way.

“I think we could have taken much more than we did but there are some learnings there as well,” Arteta added. “We didn’t defend well enough for the goal, and we were punished on the only action where they went through us.

“We had some big chances in the first half, there were some big opportunities that we should have finished in terms of clear shots in the second half. Overall, I’m very disappointed because we could have taken it.”




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