Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s bitter defeat to Liverpool was a much needed ‘slap in the face’ and was ‘good to return to reality’ as Gunners aim to win the Europa League this season.
- Mikel Arteta says Arsenal must now ‘go back to reality’ after Liverpool’s defeat
- The Gunners were torn apart by a Liverpool side struggling with injuries
- Arteta says the loss was a ‘slap in the face’ but now sees the positive
- Arsenal returns this week in the Europa League action against Slavia Prague
Mikel Arteta has likened Arsenal’s swollen 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool as a ‘slap in the face’ but says it has allowed them to return to reality as they compete to win the Europa League.
Arteta watched as his men were dismantled by a weakened Liverpool squad at the Emirates, as the game quickly moved away from the Gunners.
Now that he’s taken the time to think about the match, Arteta admits the defeat gave his side a reality check after a period of form.
Arteta informed reporters on Wednesday ahead of Arsenal’s European tie with Slavia Prague
The Gunners failed to take advantage of Liverpool’s improvised back line and fell to a 3-0 defeat
The Gunners will take on Slavia Prague on Thursday as they aim to win the Europa League this season and as a result make a return to the Champions League.
During his pre-game press conference, Arteta said: “It was a big shock to see what happened against Liverpool because of the trend for it.
‘Sometimes a slap in the face is good to return to reality.’
Czech Slavia has already taken on an English scalp this season, after knocking out Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City in the previous round.
Mikel Arteta hit a lost figure when Arsenal battled Liverpool in the Emirates
Arteta looks at the positives of the crunch European encounter that could make or break the Gunners’ season, but has to do so as she hears the news that star defender Kieran Tierney will likely be out for the rest of the campaign.
Scottish defender Tierney will be sidelined for at least a month after sustaining ligament damage to his knee during the loss of Liverpool.
The worst estimate – a return to training within six weeks – means that the last league game of the season for Arsenal could come too soon.
Arteta said, ‘We must first make sure he doesn’t need an operation that doesn’t look like it and if it does, the time frame will be around what you said. [four to six weeks]
Kieran Tierney limped in Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday with a knee injury
It could have been worse because the action looks pretty scary, but he’s feeling better and the damage isn’t too bad, so at the end of the day, it’s not the bad news we could have expected after the game.
‘I do not know [about playing again this season]
We will have to go every day, see how Kieran is feeling, see how that knee reacts and how he can get close to play and train with the team on time and depending on where we are and how he is feeling. we will make that decision. ‘