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Mikel Arteta mentions two ‘unacceptable’ things Arsenal did against FC Porto

Arsenal had the bulk of possession in the match against FC Porto but failed to do certain things right, leaving Arteta disappointed.

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Arsenal suffered a late defeat against Porto, leaving Mikel Arteta visibly frustrated with his team’s performance.

Despite dominating possession, Arsenal failed to register a single shot on target, ultimately succumbing to a 1-0 loss due to a stunning 93rd-minute goal from Porto’s Galeno.

After the game, a disappointed Mikel Arteta while speaking via TNT Sports, highlighted two key areas where his team failed at the Estadio do Dragao, which are ‘unacceptable’ for a team aspiring to advance in the competition.

Arteta stated, “We have to manage much better. We cannot win with the way we handled the ball on three occasions in deep areas. If you want to be in the quarter-finals, you have to beat your opponent, and this is what we will have to do at the Emirates now. We lacked threat. We lacked aggression, especially with the ball in the final third. We can do better.”

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In analyzing Porto’s defensive organization, Arteta acknowledged the challenges posed by the opposition but said it was important for his boys to improve their game and face those challenges head-on.

“I think it’s a team (Porto) that’s very well-organized defensively, and they break your rhythm all the time. There are certain things we will have to do much better; we know what to expect,” Arteta remarked.

Midfielder Declan Rice echoed Arteta’s sentiments, expressing disappointment at the team’s late-game naivety and costly mistakes. However, the Englishman is confident Arsenal will be determined to right the wrongs on March 12, at the Emirates.

The Arsenal midfielder said: When it’s 0-0, you look up at the clock and it’s 93 minutes gone, if you aren’t going to win the game then don’t lose it. Maybe have the bit of savviness about us to stay in and get a draw in a tough stadium against a tough opponent.

“There were a couple of giveaways on the edge of our box. They caught us on the counter and he’s stuck one in the top corner which is really disappointing.”

The England star predicts that the scenario would change at the Emirates: “Knowing how we play at home, with our fans and energy, I think you’ll see a team on the front foot from the start and we’ll be looking to do that.”

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