‘We had the chances’: Mikel Arteta identifies one issue from Tottenham loss

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Mikel Arteta has figured out just where Arsenal are going wrong in their recent patch of poor form.

According to the Spaniard, the side need to score goals in order to win more games with the Gunners on a run of no win in their last four Premier League games.

The north London outfit were comfortably beaten 2-0 by their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur with Harry Kane and Heung Min-Son scoring the goals.

In his post-match interview, Arteta claimed ythat his side created more chances against Spurs than they have in any other game this season.

Arteta said: “You look at all the stats, they’re in our favour, but at the end of the day it’s about putting the ball in the net. We had the chances. We had generated probably more than ever this season, put the ball in the box more than ever, had the numbers there.”

“But at the end of the day we have to score the goals, and when they had a half-chance they scored, and at the moment we haven’t. To build something, you need results”. (via Goal)

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In all my years of watching and listening to press conferences and interviews, I don’t think I’ve heard anything more deluded in my time. Using statistics to mask what was an incredibly poor performance from the Reds is a foolish move from the former Manchester City coach.

Arsenal were nothing short of shocking in the clash with the Lilywhites despite having more shots than Jose Mourinho’s side. However, it was the quality of the chances in which the Emirates Stadium giants created which was the most worrying thing. Despite having 11 chances to Spurs’ five, the Gunners had just two attempts on target.

Mourinho’s plan was to push the Gunners down the wings and allow them to cross the ball into the box, and to be honest, it worked a treat. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son struck on the counter attack further adding weight to the Portuguese coach’s masterplan.

Arteta was schooled by the veteran coach in what proved to be a horrible loss for the north London outfit. His optimism over what proved to be bad display is worrying and says something about how deep Arsenal are in their current malaise.

In other news, Arteta has begged fans to be realistic over expectations for a returning young gun.

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