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MetiNews.Com - The full transcript of Mikel Arteta's post-match press conference after Arsenal's 1-0 defeat away to Manchester City in the Premier League
Breaking News ! How frustrated were you to not get anything from the game? Upset obviously not to get anything from the game the way the game went because I felt that we kept growing and growing and having more belief that we could actually get something from it. At the same time I'm extremely proud about the way we played individually and collectively to put the performance that we put in tonight in this stadium. It's not an easy thing to do. Was there a case for a penalty just before half-time? You need everything to go your way to get a win here and obviously when you have the three or four big chances we had you have to put them away because you know that in your box that's going to be the case. It's that situation, I've seen it back, I just ask for the refs to watch it back and I don't think they checked it because it took two seconds for the whistle to go. I am disappointed with that. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now Will you ease Thomas Partey into the first team? We will see how quickly we can make it with him but as well we have to respect that process and that time for him because he only trained a day really with us. It's a lot of new information, it's a completely different game model for him to understand. We have to respect a little bit that. When he came on he looked good. What was the reasoning for playing Willian through the middle? We need to have the versatility to play in different formations occupying different spaces. It was a game for him, the way City plays and the way they track the opponents and the spaces that can be used. He was really convinced as well. It was obviously really hard to leave two strikers on the bench but it was a tactical decision. Read More Related Articles Arsenal player ratings vs Manchester City: Bukayo Saka's remarkable rise amid Willian woes Read More Related Articles 'Trying to be too clever!' - Arsenal fans spot what Willian has done against Manchester City Were you happy with how it worked out? Yes in some moments better than others. He will grow and better understand that position as we use him in other occasions, maybe surrounded by different players as well. I'm happy with the game he had. Did the second half pass you by? I think we had a real go. In the first half there were moments where we had to defend deep and they were getting a lot of players behind the ball, playing with false attacking midfielders, false nines, everybody really close to the ball without really creating much. It's upsetting to see your team so deep. In the second half we were really aggressive, we played in the opponents' half, they had a lot of issues to get out of our pressure. We could have created more, I think, in the final third.
. We got into some really good positions as well on set pieces, I think we could have had something else. We had two great free-kicks in really dangerous areas as well. Listen to get a win here everything has to go your way and you have to be so clinical and I think that was lacking today.
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What is the latest on Rob Holding's injury? We don't know. It was bad enough to make the decision to get him out of the game and get David in. David was really focused, he came on and I think he had a great game. Do you need to end your record away to the top six to make progress? Absolutely, you want to go to every ground and win. To get into that position you have to do so many good things throughout 96 minutes and we've done a lot of them but at the end the games are decided in the boxes. The big teams, when you get there, you have to put them away. I've been in that dressing room for four years and I've seen a lot of teams come to the Etihad. To put the performance and play with the attitude, belief and resilience that we did, it's really difficult, believe me.
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