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We Should Have Killed The Game – Arsenal’s Arteta Rues Lost Chances and A Red Card

Brian Sunguti

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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta laid bare his frustrations post match after Arsenal were held to a one all draw by Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. Jamie Vardy’s equalizer was enough to earn the Foxes a not so deserved point at the Emirates on Tuesday night. With the 84th-minute strike proving costly for the Gunners in their recent resurgence of firm in England’s English Premier League. One that saw  a frustrated Arteta insist that his team should be able to come through such high profile games with all three points if at all they were to beat the top teams in EPL.

Arsenal had earlier on taken the lead through Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and assisted by left midfielder Bukayo Saka. With the gunners appearing confident of bagging yet another win to add on to their recent and impressive winning streak. However, the game changed after striker Eddie Nketiah was shown the red card with 15 minute of play still remaining. A move that left Arteta disappointed at his teams inability to bury the game and acquire all three points. Arteta insisted that Arsenal had no reason at all that would have made them not bury the game, the red card notwithstanding.

He further expressed his disappointment at just how they had conceded the equalizer and how it now became the fourth time that they were going down to ten men in such a high profile match. He also rued the missed chances that would have given them a bigger and better score margin especially during the first half of play. Adding that such chances like that if taken always prove to be the difference, but if missed then such disappointments are always bound to happen. On the flip side though, Arteta expressed his pride at how his team had stood up to the test of such a tough opposition in Leicester City.

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How his team dominated the first half of play both in ball possession, chances created and attacking prowess. He felt that Arsenal needed to have gone three or four goals up given their style of play in the first half, and that it would have greatly paved the way for them to take the game to bed. With Nketiah’s dismissal coming just four minutes after he was subbed in, Arteta called on his more experienced Lacazette and Aubameyang to rally behind the youngster and help him regain his footing again. Arsenal now have a tough test coming up in their next match against London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs.

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