Mikel Arteta says it’s ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ to think of Arsenal winning the Premier League after a 3-0 loss to Brighton, as he apologizes to Gunners fans for a performance that was ‘NOT acceptable’
Mikel Arteta has admitted it is “impossible” to think of Arsenal winning the Premier League after their shock defeat to Brighton on Sunday.
The Gunners crumbled to a 3-0 loss to the impressive Seagulls meaning the league title could be decided next week.
Manchester City need just one more win to secure their third successive league title but can claim the title before they kick the ball again, with Arsenal needing to beat Nottingham Forest first.
The defeat marked the end of what has been a good challenge for Arteta and his team, but they have dropped several points in recent weeks which has seen their charge dwindle.
Arteta, speaking to Sky Sports, apologized to the fans as he admitted the showing was not acceptable but struggled to explain the reasoning behind the loss.
Mikel Arteta admitted it was ‘impossible’ to think of Arsenal winning the Premier League
The Gunners suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon
Arteta took responsibility for the performance, which he called ‘not acceptable’ after the game
“A week ago I was standing here proud and today we have to apologize for the performance in the second half,” he said. ‘It was not acceptable.
“Mathematically, it’s still possible, but today, it’s impossible to think about it. We have to digest the result and the performance in the second half, understand why and have a different reaction.
The Spaniard was keen to praise Brighton for their play but looked dejected throughout the interview.
He admitted his team had no answer to the Seagulls’ play but took responsibility for the result, admitting his team needed to be more aggressive.
Brighton went wild to leave Manchester City on the eve of their third league title in a row
Gunners captain Martin Odegaard apologized to fans left on the ground after the game
“Brighton was really good when we got really poor,” he said. “Before, it was the game we expected.
“The first half we knew, the way they play, they make the game competitive. It was hard to get a long streak. We conceded when they were directly behind and the second we gave up was stupid. Then the team had no answers.
“We had to be more aggressive and take risks. They used the space well and we were punished.
“I will always defend my players, so the responsible person is me. After a loss like this at home, you have to analyze yourself first before looking at others.