Arteta pragmatic over erratic Gunners

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal

MIKEL ARTETA offered an honest assessment after witnessing his Arsenal side slip to a single first-half strike from Egyptian international Trezeguet at Villa Park.

Having recently seen off both Liverpool and Manchester City, Gunners followers will again be scratching their heads over the North Londoners inability to see off relegation-threatened Aston Villa – a result which confirmed that the Gunner will finish below rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the fourth successive campaign.

“This is football and every game is completely different,” the Spaniard explained.

“First of all, I’ll congratulate Villa on their performance and the win under such pressure of fighting relegation and for us, it’s been a very emotionally and physically demanding week.

“We tried everything. I think you cannot fault the effort of the players, but after the goal, we needed to find ways to attack them better in the final third and we lacked that creativity and that final cross and spark.”

Arsenal concludes their Premier League campaign on Sunday, July 25 when Watford are the visitors to the Emirates Stadium (4pm).

Aston Villa: Reina, El Mohamady (Guilbert 25’), Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn (Lansbury 90+3’), Douglas Luiz, Hourihane (Nakamba 73’), Trézéguet, Samatta (Davis 72’), Grealish Subs not used: El Ghazi, Jota, Nyland, Hause, Vassilev

Arsenal: Martínez, Holding, David Luiz (Pépé 60’), Kolasinac, Cédric Soares (Willock 79’), Ceballos, Torreira (Xhaka 46’), Saka (Tierney 60’), Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang Subs not used: Bellerín, Tierney, Papastathopoulos, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Smith

Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Daniel Cook and Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Graham Scott

(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club – www.arsenal.com)

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Brian Jeeves

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