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Disappointed Arteta Reflects on Lackluster Performance in UCL Defeat

Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, conveyed his discontent following his team's 1-0 loss to Porto in the initial leg of the Champions League round of 16


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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed his disappointment after his team’s 1-0 defeat to Porto in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Arteta admitted that his side “lacked purpose” in the match, failing to replicate their attacking prowess from recent Premier League away games.

Despite dominating possession, Arsenal failed to register a single shot on target, a rare occurrence for the team in Champions League matches.

The Gunners would have settled for a goalless draw, but a late mistake allowed Porto to snatch a late winner.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Arteta criticized his team’s passive approach and poor decision-making.

He acknowledged the need for more aggression and threat in the opposition’s backline.

However, he remained hopeful for the second leg at the Emirates, emphasizing the importance of beating the opponent to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Arteta also highlighted the disruptive nature of the referee’s constant whistle-blowing, which resulted in a high number of free kicks awarded to both teams.

Despite the challenges posed by Porto’s defensive tactics and the referee’s decisions, Arteta acknowledged the need for improvement in finishing actions and delivering accurate final balls.

Looking ahead, Arsenal will shift their focus back to the Premier League as they face Newcastle United in their upcoming match.

The Gunners will aim to bounce back from their Champions League defeat and secure a crucial win in the domestic competition.

This article was updated 2 months ago

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