Arteta: Why We Lost To Sporting Lisbon

Arteta: Why We Lost To Sporting Lisbon | Daily Report Nigeria

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has express his disappointment after his team’s exit from the Europa League.

The Gunners came into the second leg of their last-16 tie against Sporting Lisbon with the game levelled at 2-2.

Granit Xhaka gave the Gunners a first half lead, before a long- range effort from Pedro Goncalves equalized the score.

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The game ended on penalties and Gabriel Martinelli missed his spot-kick as the visitors won 5-3 to progress to the quarter-final.

“A huge blow obviously. There were moments in the first 75 minutes where we weren’t at our level. We gave every ball away and we didn’t have the capacity to take the game. There were chances to win it in extra-time. There was a lot of uncertainty with the pens.

“We didn’t win enough duals in certain spaces. We didn’t put the ball under pressure well enough. We gave the ball away consistently and it created a really open game we didn’t want to play,” Arteta told BT Sport.


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