Mikel Arteta has praised PSV Eindhoven following disappointing defeat.
The Gunners needed a draw to finish first in their group, but after losing 2-0, they will have to do it the hard way.
Arsenal were poor overall, with Eddie Nketia failing to convert his chances. Lokonga was also unable to anchor the back four.
Speaking to the press after the game Arteta stated, via Metro:
“We never planned to have a day off in that fixture because we know how difficult it is to win in Europe. You just have to see the other groups and where everybody is.“
“We’re in a really good position – we’ve won four games and we have to finalise the job against Zurich at home in a week’s time, and we will prepare for that.’It’s the end of a long run. Today’s the first defeat after a long period.“
“It’s time to reset, to analyse what happened.Congratulations to PSV – they were the better team and they deserved to win the game. There’s no question about that. We were nowhere near our level today, especially the way we competed.“
“We have periods where we’ve been excellent and periods where we’ve suffered. For sure, we haven’t had the consistency for 95 minutes to maintain the level we want. That’s the next challenge and the next aim for this team.‘Today I think it was very different, right from the beginning.“
“Even though we had periods where we controlled the game, I didn’t feel that we had the threat and the aggression that we’ve been playing at.‘That was worrying.”
“In the second half, the moment something went wrong, we just went down and we didn’t really find moments to give us some hope to react and get something out of the game.”