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Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal dressing room debrief following Europa League heartbreak

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Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta has opened up on what he informed his gamers following their elimination from the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night time.

The Gunners returned to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg of their final 16 tie with Sporting CP having drawn 2-2 in Portugal seven days earlier.

Granit Xhaka gave Arsenal a first-half lead again in north London, earlier than Pedro Goncalves scored from the midway line after the break.

Sporting goalkeeper Antonio Adan made a number of saves to make sure that the tie went all the way in which to a penalty shootout, with Gabriel Martinelli’s miss sending Arsenal out.

Arsenal have been thought-about one of many favourites to win a robust Europa League this season, however will now focus their attentions solely on profitable the Premier League title – they sit 5 factors clear on the prime of the desk.

Forward of their return to home motion, Arteta opened up on what he informed the Arsenal dressing room following Thursday’s exit.


“I attempted to provide loads of readability within the dressing room and it was all in regards to the message: settle for it, swallow it, now we have to study from it. However there isn’t any level now spending one little bit of vitality or thought that’s going to take one thing out of our sport on Sunday,” he stated.

“Now we have to be at our greatest once more within the Premier League in opposition to Crystal Palace to beat them and I need all people simply recovering mentally and bodily to be in the very best situation for the sport.

“I noticed loads of issues on Thursday, particularly once we have been giving loads of balls away and struggling, that they did it collectively. The way in which they reacted, the way in which they have been once we conceded a purpose and the way the sport modified after that…it reveals me loads of constructive indicators.

“The draw back to it’s that we couldn’t materialise in the long run to win it as a result of on the finish I feel we deserved to win it and be by way of, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient, it was perhaps too late.”

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