Soccer-Arteta rues missed opportunities as Arsenal falter in top-four race

16/4/2022 10:31:00 PM

Soccer-Arteta rues missed opportunities as Arsenal falter in top-four race

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Soccer-Arteta rues missed opportunities as Arsenal falter in top-four race

(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said his team paid for their profligacy in the final third in their loss to Southampton on Saturday and expressed concerns about their recent slump in form after they fell to a third straight Premier League defeat.

"It's a real worry. We've lost games in different ways. To lose the way we did today is difficult to explain. If you saw the game, you'd say Arsenal had won comfortably... It's a really difficult one to take," Arteta told reporters.

"We performed but didn't get a result. We need both. You have to put the ball in the net. You have to make the decisive moments count to win football matches and at the moment we're not doing that."Forster was incredible, the saves that he made today. It was a defining moment. That's why I say the box has decided the game today. You could see the game was one-way traffic."

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Jan Bednarek's first-half goal proved enough for Southampton to secure a victory at home as goalkeeper Fraser Forster helped them see out a 1-0 win despite Arsenal dominating possession and having 23 shots at goal.(Reuters) - Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is likely to miss the final five weeks of the Premier League season, manager Mikel Arteta said on Friday, dealing a blow to the club's hopes of finishing fourth and qualifying for the Champions League.Mikel Arteta's side have slipped to sixth place in the standings on 54 points, level with Manchester United and three behind north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur but with a game in hand over both teams.Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for United in an unconvincing 3-2 win over Norwich City as fan protests against the club's owners returned to Old Trafford.

"It's a real worry. We've lost games in different ways. "The news that we got after another assessment is that it's not looking very positive for his availability this season," Arteta told reporters before Arsenal travel to Southampton on Saturday. To lose the way we did today is difficult to explain. Forster, who denied Gabriel Martinelli after nine minutes with an acrobatic save, later clawed away substitute Emile Smith Rowe's effort at full stretch before blocking a shot from Bukayo Saka and diving to save Granit Xhaka's deflected strike. If you saw the game, you'd say Arsenal had won comfortably." Losing Partey for the run-in is another setback for the club with left back Kieran Tierney already ruled out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury while right back Takehiro Tomiyasu, who last played in January, also remains sidelined.. Trossard cut in from the left and beat Hugo Lloris with a low angled shot with the outside of his foot to end Spurs' run of four straight wins.

. Arteta's side have eight league games remaining, starting with trip to St Mary's Stadium, with Arsenal taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and hosting Manchester United later this month. It's a really difficult one to take," Arteta told reporters. "We performed but didn't get a result. "We have a few issues with (Partey) and Tomiyasu but we have to continue to compete. We need both. You have to put the ball in the net. "There are private reasons that I cannot comment on," he said..

You have to make the decisive moments count to win football matches and at the moment we're not doing that. "Forster was incredible, the saves that he made today. There's a good possibility that that's the case. It was a defining moment. That's why I say the box has decided the game today. You could see the game was one-way traffic. "It’s a really difficult one to take.

" Southampton capitalised on a defensive error to take the lead and Arsenal, having failed to take advantage of early chances, were lacklustre in attack until late in the second half when Forster's saves kept them at bay. Having also lost to Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal have slipped to sixth in the standings with 54 points, level with Manchester United and three behind north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. "The way we controlled the game makes it difficult to understand how we lost," Arteta said."The way we defended for the goal wasn't good enough. "We didn't hit the target many times and the end product was not as good as it can be. You have to make the decisive moments count to win football matches and at the moment we’re not doing that," added the Spaniard.

We conceded a very sloppy goal from a set-piece. When you have the amount of situations we created, you need to score three or four. "(The players) are really down today and they are down because they cannot find the right answers apart from what we can do better around the box. That's the frustrating part." (Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge) Article type: metered . United's France midfielder Paul Pogba was booed by his own fans as he was substituted before Ronaldo stole the show once again with a superbly taken winner 14 minutes from time.