Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes that the team needs to apologize for their shambolic performance in the 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup. Lewis Grabban scored the all-important goal as Forest beat them at the same stage in 2018. Arteta put out a much-changed side but had sufficient experience in Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, and Bernd Leno.
“We were not good enough and we have to apologize for it,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said. “I don’t want to use excuses, I expect the team I put out to do better and when you don’t in the cup you are out. Today showed we were not capable of winning against Forest away from home and didn’t put in the level to win the game. It’s a collective issue and today we have not done it. What we have done today is nowhere near the level and standards that are required.”
“We needed more drive, more hunger to win at any cost in every single action, much more. We were not at our level,” he added. “I’m really disappointed with the performance, first of all. Not with the attitude but how much purpose we have and what determination we showed to change the game when it’s difficult to play against and the way they play. I have played in games like that for the last 18 years and I know how complicated it is to come here and it’s no surprise the difficulties you are going to face. But when we do that, we have to face it in a different way.”