Arteta to focus on Premier League after Europa exit

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Mikel Arteta has quickly shifted his focus on Premier League following Arsenal exit from the Europa League.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will fully focus on the Premier League league after Sporting cp defeated that London team on penalties at the Emirate stadium.

Arsenal, who go an early goal in the game were unable to progress to the quarterfinals of the tournament after a sensational long-range goal from Pedro Goncalves cancelled out Granit Xhaka’s opener, levelling the tie 3-3 on aggregate.

The game moved to the penalty shootout and Gabriel Martinelli missed the decisive penalty as the Premier League leaders were left to focus on securing the title.

“The disappointment is not going to go away. The disappointment is there now, but it brings clarity. There are 11 Premier League games to play and the next final is against Crystal Place.

“We have to recover and put all our energy and focus there, play better than today and put the same effort as today and win.”

Arsenal suffered huge blow in the game after losing Saliba and Tomiyasu to injury, but hope to have the French man back for Palace game.

On the injuries to Tomiyasu and Saliba, Arteta added: “Tomiyasu looks pretty serious from his reaction straight away and what he said to me, but it’s very early and very difficult to know.

“Willy, I don’t know. He had some discomfort and he could not carry on, so we had to take him out.”

 

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