Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal dominated defeat to Aston Villa, gives Thomas Partey injury update

Mikel Arteta claimed Arsenal dominated their limp defeat to Aston Villa, and confirmed the extent of Thomas Partey’s newest injury downside.

Ollie Watkins’ second-minute deflected strike earned Villa a 1-0 win to condemn Arsenal to their second Premier League defeat in 5 days.

The Gunners additionally wanted debutant goalkeeper Mat Ryan at his finest to deny different efforts from the goalscorer, in addition to Ross Barkley, Bertrand Traore, Jack Grealish and John McGinn as Villa racked up eight pictures on track to their three, in addition to an xG of 1.2 to their 0.82.

But Arsenal boss Arteta got here out preventing regardless of the efficiency, and stated his facet ought to have picked up a victory which might have taken them to eighth within the desk.

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“It was a really strong performance again today,” he stated. “We fully dominated the sport, we dominated each division and we must always have received the sport.

“But, within the Premier League once you simply give a objective to opponents, after which you aren’t ruthless within the field, you can’t win these video games.

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“That’s one thing we now have to do higher [be more ruthless] and that is one thing that has price us within the final two video games.

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“As you could see me I was really animated for a few decisions and one big decision, that I will not discuss here as well what happened.

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“But it’s what it’s. It will not be an excuse. Regardless of these choices we now have to win the sport. It is so simple as that.”

When pressed further about whether Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty when Emiliano Martinez appeared to tug Alexandre Lacazette to the floor in the penalty area from a corner, Arteta remained tight-lipped, and, on his conversation with referee Chris Kavanagh at full-time, he said: “I preserve that between me and them. I choose to keep on mute with that.”

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Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta vocally approached the officers after his facet's 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa

Thomas Partey, who has accomplished 90 minutes solely 4 instances since his October transfer from Atletico Madrid, limped off 16 minutes from time after struggling what appeared to be a recurrence of the thigh injury which saved him out of motion for greater than a month from early December.

“He had a muscular issue so we had to take him off,” Arteta confirmed. “He could not carry on playing. We will see the extent of the injury. He wasn’t feeling well enough to continue playing so we had to take him off.”

Smith delighted with Villa displaying

Aston Villa’s “doggedness” happy boss Dean Smith as they bounced again from a poor residence defeat by West Ham in midweek, and now sit solely three factors off the fifth-placed Hammers, and nonetheless with a recreation in hand.

He informed BT Sport: “I said to them at the start that we’d gone away from being a good team on Wednesday, and the values we’d had to be a good team had been about the workrate, the team ethic and being good team-mates. We saw that in bundles today.

“We began with a very good depth, that set us up very well. It had to be a great defensive efficiency at instances, however their goalkeeper’s made some actually good saves as nicely.

“There’s a doggedness about the players, a great team spirit. You could hear them at the end, the last five minutes, it was the noise you want to hear.”

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