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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has spoken out after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday. Ollie Watkins scored the only goal of the game in the second minute. And it meant yet another chastening day at the office for the visitors. 

Arteta was fuming that his side gave the ball away so cheaping in the opening minutes.

“I’m extremely disappointed to lose and the way we lost it,” the Spaniard said.

“We were the better team. We controlled every department but we gave them the ball. We gave them another three big chances.

“Then when we had to score the goal, we didn’t find the right pass or the right shot.

“They were better in the boxes and that’s how you win games. We created enough opportunities. We didn’t score, we cannot win the game.

“We just gave them the ball, a moment you make a mistake and they punish you.

“You cannot win football matches if every week you do something like that. Four or five times we’ve played with 10 men.

“Against Wolves, we deserved to win both games by far but we lost both.

“[Red cards] cost us that game [against Wolves] – today other big decisions. Regardless of what the referee did today we should win the game comfortably.”

Meanwhile, a delighted Dean Smith said: “It’s a big result.

“We’ve played some good stuff but not got the results so delighted today.

“We had to grind it out and that’s what it’s all about.

“We were a bit off it against West Ham and they punished us for that so we needed a big reaction and we showed that out there.

“We have to just focus on the next game. Europe is a long way away, hopefully we just keep plugging away and see where we are at the end of the season.”

Goalscorer Watkins added: “It’s a big result. We’ve played some good stuff but not got the results so delighted today. We had to grind it out and that’s what it’s all about.

“We were a bit off it against West Ham and they punished us for that so we needed a big reaction and we showed that out there.

“We have to just focus on the next game. Europe is a long way away, hopefully we just keep plugging away and see where we are at the end of the season.”





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