Mikel Arteta slammed Arsenal for an “unacceptable” 2-1 Premier League defeat to Brighton on Saturday.
The Gunners proceeded at Amex Stadium through a superb Nicolas Pepe strike however were shocked by goals from Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay.
Dunk scrambled the ball over the line after a snappy Brighton corner before a 95th-minute victor from Maupay, who was engaged with an earlier crash that saw Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno taken off on a cot.
It was Arsenal’s second defeat in seven days following their 3-0 misfortune to Manchester City on Wednesday and Arteta was far from happy with the way they failed to clutch their earlier advantage.
“I am frustrated. It is unacceptable the way we lost the game. We like contending and I realize we have a youthful squad yet at the same time, we discarded the game. We had to take care of it earlier,” he told BBC Sport after the final whistle.
The Gunners have endured back-to-back defeats since the top flight continued after the three-month interference caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a run that has caused significant harm to their expectations of making the Champions League in 2020-1.
Be that as it may, while Arteta was not exactly happy with what he saw against Brighton, he is already considering how to patch spirits ahead of Arsenal’s next trip.
“An extremely troublesome one to take. It is unacceptable in the way we lost the game. The fact we botched so many opportunities, the fact we gave them a goal and we didn’t go after the subsequent goal. What would be an ideal next step? We have to attempt to lift the players. There’s plenty of things they have done really well however we don’t contend. At this level, you cannot part with those kinds of goals. This is the challenge we as a whole have at the football club, to reconstruct to something that merits the club we are speaking to,” he added to BT Sport
Arsenal languishes in tenth place following Saturday’s converse, six points short of Manchester United in what will be the final Champions League qualification spot should Manchester City’s appeal against their ban fail.