Arteta: we gave them hope instead of killing the game

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Mikel Arteta was disappointed after his Arsenal side threw away 2 goals lead against West Ham in the Premier League as they put their title race in serious jeopardy.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta claims they would have killed the game against West Ham but instead gave the Hammers hope in their 2-2 draw in the Premier League.

The Gunners claims 2 goals lead in the opening 0 minutes of the game as goals Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard gave them the lead in the first half.

West Ham scored from the spot kick in the first half of the game through Benrahma to make it 2-1.

Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka missed a penalty in the 52nd minutes of the game before Bowen scored for the Hammers two minutes later to draw level with the Gunners.

Speaking after the game Arteta said:

“The result is very disappointing, as well as the performance, especially after the first 30 or 35 minutes,” Mikel said in his post-match interview.

“We started the game incredibly well, dominating it with real purpose, scored two beautiful goals. After that we made a huge mistake, just to think we could play around them.

“We didn’t have the same purpose to attack the opponent’s goal, and protect that result by having the ball. We gave them hope – instead of killing them in this moment, we gave them hope.

“They realised that there was a chance there and they started playing extremely direct. We could not handle that game. After that, obviously when you concede the two goals in the way we’ve done, then at the other end of the pitch you have to do things better. This is another turning point – at 2-1 [if] you score that penalty it’s 3-1, two minutes later it’s 2-2. This is part of football – for me the main thing is how we reacted after [leading] 2-0.”

 

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