Arsenal were trashed out of the FA Cup race after Gabriel Magalhaes mistakenly put the ball into his own goal post
Southampton ended Arsenal’s chances of defending the FA Cup they took home last year following a 1-0 victory over the North London based team.
Minutes after the game, Arteta was seen defending two of his struggling players; Willian and Nicolas Pepe as both stars have found it hard settling since arriving North London.
William was handed a lucrative 3-year-deal when Chelsea refused to do so but it’s been a disappointment for William and his new bosses as he is yet to net goals.
Nicolas Pepe on the other hand since his £72m arrival from Lille months back, has failed to impress at Emirates Stadium.
Speaking on the players’ struggles, Arteta said; “They try to give their best. You could see how hard they are trying, with more or less quality, but the intention is there and the willingness is there.
“I want to think positively and that they are going to reach their level very soon.”
Mesut Ozil’s departure has clearly created a space that needs to be filled but with several targets still uncertain, Emile Smith Rowe looks to be handling the role until another lands.
Martin Ødegaard is the most talked of currently with Arsenal believed to be nearing a loan agreement for the Real Madrid youngster.
It’s expected that agreements should be finalized soon so as to see Ødegaard land London this January with just days to go.
Curios reporters ceased their chance to question Arteta on the latest happenings with the 22-year-old Norwegian.
“I don’t know,” Arteta said. “Obviously, we played today. Since last night I don’t have any news. Probably I will get a few phone calls today and see where we are with every deal.”