Mikel Arteta was annoyed with the way in which Arsenal misplaced “management” of their Europa League quarter-final in opposition to Slavia Prague.
Arsenal regarded to have earned the first-leg benefit when Nicolas Pepe broke the impasse late on. Nevertheless, they conceded an equaliser to Tomas Holes in stoppage time to depart issues within the steadiness forward of the second leg in Prague subsequent week.
Arteta was left in shock after their last league game resulted in defeat to Liverpool. He could have been feeling comparable feelings, to a lesser extent, after letting Slavia again into the tie in such easy vogue.
Clearly annoyed to solely declare a draw, he was left to select aside their errors.
He advised BT Sport: “The sport is underneath management, we had obtained the aim we needed, however we missed some huge probabilities as effectively.
“We performed two or three balls we shouldn’t do and put ourselves on the again foot and conceded the nook.
“They put our bodies within the field and something can occur. After all it adjustments the sensation after the sport.”
Arteta left it late to make any substitutions, however the ones he did convey on made an affect. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrange Pepe for his or her aim, as an example, after each got here on from the bench.
However the Spaniard denied that he waited too lengthy to vary issues up.
He added: “We all know we’ve the likelihood to vary issues with the 5 subs. We thought it was the appropriate time for the setup we had.
“It was the appropriate second to do it and so they had a big effect. Sadly we didn’t capitalise on it.”
Arteta stays assured
Now Arteta should rally his troops for subsequent week’s return fixture. Analysing the sport in additional element, he admitted there have been issues for Arsenal to unravel, however stays assured in regards to the general tie.
“It’s troublesome as a result of they’re a great opponent. They’ve crushed some huge groups and are actually troublesome to play in opposition to.
“They’ve a whole lot of man-to-man conditions and it’s a must to resolve them. Once we did that, we created probabilities, however when you’ll be able to’t, it’s not straightforward.
“We have been efficient in our excessive press – they’d the capability to run in transition in the event that they gained the ball again however we managed that effectively. It’s extra in regards to the last end result that leaves a troublesome style.
“Now we have to go there and win the sport. We’ve carried out it previously and we’re certain we are able to do it once more.”