Arteta Reflects on FA Cup Defeat

Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal coach, expressed his disappointment after his team’s defeat in the FA Cup final against Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta said: “At the moment I’m disappointed. Probably, when I watch it back tomorrow, the feeling that I have will be that we really competed and we made it really, really difficult for them, but we lacked something to win against a team like this.”

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Arteta also touched on the injury of Thomas Partey, the midfielder, and its effect on the team.

Mikel Arteta said: “Well we have the injury of Mo [Elneny] at the moment and it’s not been possible to get him fit. Sambi’s come in and I think done well. That’s what we have. It’s true Thomas is a big influence and is a big personality and player in our squad and in the second half we didn’t have him.”

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The coach also talked about the club’s activity in the transfer window, stating,

Mikel Arteta said: “We’ve been pretty active. We have some necessities and if something else is available, the club is willing to try to do it when it’s reasonable and hopefully it’s a player that can improve our squad.”

When asked about the upcoming league game against Manchester City,

Mikel Arteta said: “I don’t know, I have a lot of time to try and think and prepare that match and Pep will have. We’ll review the match and try to do what’s best for us and nullify and create issues for the opponent like we always do.”

The loss in the FA Cup final has raised questions about Arsenal’s title aspirations as they currently sit at the top of the Premier League table, but with Manchester City hot on their heels. Fans will be eagerly waiting to see if the club can bounce back and secure the title or if they will stumble in the race.