Mikel Arteta believes comments in his press conference ahead of Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Chelsea were misrepresented; the Gunners boss insists their critics will not break them; Emile Smith Rowe’s goal secured three points at Stamford Bridge
Mikel Arteta launched an impassioned defence of his Arsenal players after their hard-fought 1-0 win over Chelsea.
The Arsenal boss was left angered by how comments in his pre-match press conference were portrayed by the media and insists he has never doubted the commitment of his players.
Arteta has found himself under pressure in the wake of Arsenal’s Europa League exit to Villarreal last week, but Emile Smith Rowe’s first-half goal at Stamford Bridge clinched a third consecutive Premier League win and the Spaniard feels the performance highlighted their togetherness.
“Nothing is broken. Inside, nothing is broken,” he told Sky Sports. “They [the media] try to put things on me that I never said.
“You can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. It doesn’t matter whether we’re playing seventh, eighth, ninth. You can never doubt their efforts and how much they are trying.”
Asked to elaborate on the pre-match comments in question, Arteta added: “I said that if I don’t get 120 per cent off each player, it’s my fault and my responsibility, but it wasn’t [portrayed] like that in the press and I am so annoyed with that.
“I will defend my players in front of anybody for the rest of the time that I’m here. They deserve that because they earn it every single day.