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'We didn't want to play': Arteta details what went wrong for Arsenal today

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has claimed that the defeat to Brighton this afternoon was completely down to his side’s poor performance.

The Gunners had to bounce back today after our defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday. We needed to see a reaction from the players, but sadly, we just weren’t ourselves in the first half.

Arsenal deserved nothing from the game at the break and although we had a real go at the end, it was too late. We have nobody else to blame but ourselves.

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Mikel Arteta: Arsenal players were too sloppy vs Brighton today

The Spaniard, who was extremely disappointed, told BBC Sport after the game: “That reaction (in the last few minutes) comes out when the game is almost lost. That’s too late, we have to do it from the first minute, have the courage and personality to play much better and raise the level. Again, the first half was really poor.”

Asked if Brighton’s tactics made it difficult for Arsenal, Arteta said: “I think we made it really difficult for ourselves.

“We were very sloppy, we had no intensity, no purpose to attack. We were really imprecise in every second ball, to manage the ball. We didn’t want to play forward. It was just ‘somebody else is going to do it’.

“We were very static, we didn’t respect the positions. It was us!”

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The Insider’s View:

Arteta is absolutely spot on! Brighton played a decent game and they deserve credit for picking up the win.

However, the defeat is absolutely our fault. We looked clueless in the first half at times and many of our players just looked at each other instead of stepping up and taking responsibility on their own.

The loss today really is a hard one to take. Sadly, we can’t do anything now but pick ourselves up and show a response when we face Southampton next week.

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