Mikel Arteta: Arsenal 'not good enough' against promoted Brentford

Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal were ‘not good enough’ and ‘deserved’ to lose against newly-promoted Brentford before APOLOGISING to their fans after a limp performance in 2-0 defeat

  • REPORT: Arsenal were well beaten by Brentford in the first game of the season 
  • Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard scored in each half to give the Bees the win 
  • Arsenal had more possession but their clear defensive frailties surfaced again 
  • Gunners boss Mikel Arteta admitted his side were ‘not good enough’ on Friday 

Mikel Arteta has admitted his Arsenal side were ‘not good enough’ after a 2-0 defeat against newly promoted Brentford on Friday.

The Gunners were beaten 2-0 at a raucous Brentford Community Stadium in the first match of the new Premier League season.

And Arteta told Sky Sports that the performance was lacking, before apologising to their fans following a limp performance.

Mikel Arteta has admitted his side (above) were second best versus newly promoted Brentford

The Arsenal manager (pictured) apologised to Gunners fans after a limp showing in a 2-0 loss

He said: ‘I’m disappointed. It’s not the way we wanted to start the season. We didn’t start well, conceding a goal in an isolated incident. We didn’t cope well with the second balls or long balls. And that’s all they needed to create problems for us. Then we conceded from a long throw.

‘The biggest worry was our threat in front of goal. The amount of times we got around the box and got in great situations but it wasn’t enough threat or shots on target. If you don’t do that in the Premier League then you won’t win.’

Sergi Canos scored in the first half before Christian Norgaard headed home after the break, with Arsenal complaining that the ball had gone off the pitch before the opener and that Bernd Leno was fouled before the second goal.

Arsenal complained about both goals but that cannot disguise the fact they were second best

However, the north London side could not pretend they deserved anything out of the game, and despite having more possession created little in attack apart from chances created via the effervescent Emile Smith Rowe and left back Kieran Tierney. 

Arteta added: ‘I don’t want excuses – we missed players but I don’t like to hide. We were not good enough to beat them. We did not do the basics. We have started in a disappointing way but we will review and speak with cool heads and try to put it right as soon as possible.’ 

‘First of all, thank you because of the support that they are giving to the team, the travelling fans that were here. And after that, I apologise for the result and we know that we have to improve. We have two big games coming up right now and we need a different performance to get a different result.’ 

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