Arteta reveals what went wrong for Arsenal in 3-1 defeat to Manchester City

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Takehiro Tomiyasu and Gabriel Magalhaes both misplaced passes in their own defensive third, and as a result, Arsenal lost to City 3-1.

City took advantage of both of these errors to score two of their three goals on the night. 

Manager Arteta said when questioned on Prime Video if Arsenal’s overplaying in and around their own penalty area during the top-of-the-table match harmed them:

“In certain areas of the pitch, especially after regaining the ball deep, yes. You don’t play there, you have to play a different game and we didn’t read those situations well enough.”

Arteta bemoaned his team’s lost opportunities throughout the contest, particularly in the opening period when the Gunners dominated play.

“We’re disappointed because, in the end, we lost it. And I see we because we lost it,” he said.

“I think it was an incredible battle between two teams and when we had them – and we had them – we just gave them the goals. We absolutely gave them the goals. And against this team they’re going to destroy you [for doing that] and they did.

“On the other hand we had three big, big chances and we didn’t put them away and that was the difference.

“To beat them we have to be above our level because they are such a good team who have the quality that they have. We absolutely matched them and we had them in big moments but the games are defined with individual moments, especially in the box, and they were better than us there.”

Due to the loss, Arsenal now sits behind Manchester City in the Premier League standings on goal differential. The Gunners will find some comfort in the fact that they still have a game left, though.

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