Arteta admits Arsenal need to improve after difficult draw at Brighton

It was hardly the best conditions for an entertaining game of football as Arsenal and Brighton played most of the match under torrential rain clouds, and it certainly wasn’t very entertaining for Arsenal fans to watch.

Arsenal’s atempts at taking the lead were few and far between, and although there was much more action around Ramsdale’s area, he was rarely troubled either until the dying minutes of the game.

The good point is that our defence held out well under pressure to keep yet another clean sheet, but we were helped tremendously by Brighton’s inability to connect with some excellent crosses with many chances to score.

Mikel Arteta was not very happy after the game and agreed we were far from our best. “We have to improve individually and collectively and prepare well because a roller-coaster is coming with the amount of games,” Arteta told Arsenal.com.

“I’m never happy with a point, but I don’t think we deserved anything more than that.

“We got a point because we defended really well in the last 15 or 20 metres of the pitch, and for the rest I think it was a game that we have to improve and do better in many other areas.

“We felt uncomfortable to break the press and they had sequences of control in the game. And it was a difficult game. But in the end we showed some resilience and we have to be happy with the block of games we have played and the results that we got, but I think we have to improve.”

I guess that we can look on the bright side and go into the international break unbeaten since the last one, which is a lot better than going in after 3 defeats in a row!

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28 Comments

  1. ArseOverTit says:

    Yeh. Certainly an improvement from bottom of the table however same old ghosts keep appearing.

    Lack of consistency, Intensity, control and possession of the ball, attacking penetration and good players seemingly having a drop in form once at our club.

    Defence was resolute but that’s about it. A game controlled by minnows Brighton.

    1. NY_Gunber says:

      @AOT
      Yet, they’re 5th and we’re 9th. So, who’s the minnow? 🤔

      1. ArseOverTit says:

        Exactly!

  2. Phil says:

    “It was hardly the best conditions for an entertaining game of football”.
    Are these the same conditions that Brighton played in? AdPat- you are that determined to back this failing manager that you are now writing articles which will only embarrass you? Did you actually watch that game? Was it not exactly the match we all expected? I know I did, and was not expecting anything different to what we got.
    It’s your site AdPat, but for someone who, like myself, and quite a few others, have been around a few years, you are coming across far too one-sided in your defence of this novice manager, and this can only be because you feel something is there in him that I just cannot see for myself.
    This clown spent more on buying Ben White ( good player who will be an excellent buy for this club) than Brighton will likely spend in 5 seasons. I don’t know how much they spend/ I don’t do stats for the sake of it and cannot be bothered to look it up.
    You article should have been titled something along the lines of “ Just when are the board, supporters, and whoever else are in awe of this absolute novice clown of a manager going to wake up and realise he is failing everyone at Arsenal Football Club, and he has now allowed clubs such Brighton to be taken as a more serious opponent than us”.
    It’s Sunday morning. Go to church or something. Do anything. But just wake up and realise you are wrong on expecting anything other than mediocrity from this clown

    1. Admin Pat says:

      Morning Phil!
      Do you really think EVERY article should be of the “Sack Arteta” type? Don’t we have enough writers on JA that do that?

      Dan’s already done one… Haven’t heard from Konstantin yet.
      Maybe you would like to write one with that title? (or maybe a title a little shorter than that!)

      1. Phil says:

        Well AdPat- it seems as though Arteta is not cutting it don’t you believe? You support every Arsenal manager. Do you seriously still support this one when he is clearly incapable of managing to tie his own shoes, let alone manage a global football brand such is Arsenal?

        1. David says:

          Arteta is a very good manager and is not a clown. Given the relative youth of the team and the limited amount of time the team have had together there will be some difficult games which has to be expected.
          The administrator has been quite fair and there are plenty of ‘negative’ Arteta articles and comments on this on this forum to satisfy those who do not support Arteta.

  3. fairfan says:

    Arteta is not telling the whole truth.
    He is secretly rapped and but is not allowing the team to become complacent and is just keeping a lid on fan expectations.
    He already knows 6th is the minimum we can achieve this season. I predicted before the season startrted that 5th or 6th was our most likely finishing position. Even during the 0-3. I said it.
    Reality is that results are intrinsically linked to who we are playing and where we are playing.
    The first 3 games we were slated to lose.
    4- 6 were obvious wins.
    Brighton away had a draw written all over it more especially as it rained the whole match.
    It was a four pointer though as we will beat Brighton in the return as we will also beat Brentford, Man City and Burnley at home in the second round.
    Home wins v Palace and Villa are obvious while Leicester wil be tough to take any points.
    Home wins versus Watford and Newcastle will be balanced out by losses to Liverpool and Man U.
    Its not rocket science.
    6th place in May will be great but not unexpected in May at the half way stage of the process.

    1. Phil says:

      @fairfan- so you saying “Brighton away had a draw all over it” is accepting that performance and result yesterday is acceptable. Your a MUG of you feel both of those is acceptable to me PAL just because it fits in nicely with your photo-fit of results. Your accepting second best PAL where my expectation levels are far higher and I do not accept the mediocrity we are being dished up by this clown. You really ought to try and get to actually watch a game sometime PAL rather than write some on the absolute nonsense you do. I can tell you of 2,000 supporters yesterday who, like me, watched that pile of rubbish expecting far far much more than what we were given.
      But hey!!!!!!!it helped your score forecast so that’s all right I suppose?

      1. ArseOverTit says:

        Sadly the slow rot at AFC emanating is a direct result of being owned by an owner who isn’t ‘in the business for winning things’ .

        This lowering of expectation has filtered to a frightening number of fans who accept that we are are no longer serious challengers for titles but also rans content with a point against a Brighton side who you quite rightly point out are less likely to spend in 5 seasons what we spent on Ben White..

        They (Brighton) should be the ones classified as minnows but based on table position and the game we rightly take that mantle.

        There is no escaping it unless you choose to be blind from the truth.

      2. siamois says:

        According to him, yesterday was our best performance of the season!

      3. jon fox says:

        You can measue Phils excess amount of testosterone and current state of sheer naked aggresion by the amount of “PALS” he uses in any post.

        If you get away with only one PAL he probably almost likes you. Two PALS and he is turning into Mr Hyde and three PALS and you better hide!

        He’s one fearsome beast that Phil!

  4. Y3mmxiii says:

    It was a very difficult and frustrating game Arsenal had. Hands up to our back force, they prevented Brighton from free-scoring and we were lucky enough that Brighton forward was firing blanks. Aaron Ramsdale is the keeper to keep.

  5. gotanidea says:

    If we have to use long goal kicks everytime we play on a cold rainy day in Stoke, we’ll never win EPL

    Arteta should’ve always forced his attackers to press high up the pitch, regardless of playing at home or away

    I know Aubameyang is too old for constant high pressing, but Arsenal should’ve tried harder to replace our old CFs with the younger ones in the summer

    1. Sylva says:

      Arteta is still on a learning curve to become a top manager I only hope he is truly open to learning. The players didn’t play well against Brighton but considering how good Brighton have been this season, I will say they didn’t play bad either because they didn’t lose the game. Arteta as a coach must now find a way to be tactically flexible to get results using the strength of certain players in his team. Odegard, Lokonga and Auba weren’t good for the type of game Arsenal had against Brighton. I will wait to see how good Arteta and his the team can be against C. Palace. P. Viera would be out to prove. a point.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Yeah, Vieira would likely get a warm welcome at the Emirates

    2. Sylva says:

      Gai
      Arteta is still on a learning curve to become a top manager I only hope he is truly open to learning. The players didn’t play well against Brighton but considering how good Brighton have been this season, I will say they didn’t play bad either because they didn’t lose the game. Arteta as a coach must now find a way to be tactically flexible to get results using the strength of certain players in his team. Odegard, Lokonga and Auba weren’t good for the type of game Arsenal had against Brighton. I will wait to see how good Arteta and his the team can be against C. Palace. P. Viera would be out to prove. a point.

  6. Reggie says:

    The conditions were the same for both, this is England and English weather, nobody complained about the weather and it was the same for both teams. In the real depths of winter and tough conditions what excuse are we going to use. The weather had nothing to do with Brighton being disappointed not to win against Arsenal. They looked far more accomplished and like their posin the league was correct and we didn’t.

    1. Reggie says:

      Position

    2. NY_Gunner says:

      @Reggie
      Once again, RealTalk..,

  7. Ayan says:

    I just hope it will not be too late before we realize that we are still static and might not get anything better under this present management.

  8. Ian L Clark says:

    Arteta had already proven himself to be a bad manager. Inviting iconic players to manage big clubs should be Worst Idea #1 since Souness at Liverpool during the very first season of the EPL.

    1. Admin Pat says:

      I agree. Zidane vialli Di matteo guardiola etc etc were all rubbish

      1. jon fox says:

        I spy with my little eye something beginning with S.
        Now I wonder, could that possibly be SARCASM!!

  9. Kev82 says:

    Arteta always says we need to improve doesn’t he 🤔

    1. Reggie says:

      He is right though Kev.

  10. JW says:

    Will this be the mantra for the 2021/2022 season

    “We need to improve”?

    Another favorite phrase the Arsenal intelligentsia keep repeating is:

    “Its a process”!!!

    We have heard them all say this, but has any one at Arsenal actually given a time-frame by which the “Process” should be finished?

    I have not heard one, has anybody?

    Without a corresponding completion date, this phrase is meaningless!!

  11. gunner4life says:

    Arsenal need at least another quality midfielder like Houssem Aouar of Lyon as its not enough with just the youngsters. We need quality and now!
    Take the pressure off the youngsters and add quality with goal scoring midfielders. The ball was like a hot a potato for many in the Brighton game, hence the over reliance on defence. Sort it out! Move out the likes of Chambers and fill that spot with quality.

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