Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: Mikel Arteta says Chelsea had been ‘the higher crew at this time’
Arsenal are in a “tough and unprecedented scenario” after their record-breaking poor begin to the season, in line with Mikel Arteta.
After 2-0 defeats by Brentford and now Chelsea, Arsenal have misplaced their first two league video games with out scoring for the primary time of their historical past.
The squad has been hit by Covid and accidents within the opening two weeks.
“I do not suppose the membership of their historical past have confronted one thing like this,” boss Arteta advised BBC Sport.
“Now we have to face the problem. The league or desk will not be determined in August. The worst factor you are able to do is throw within the towel. We definitely will not be going to try this.”
Romelu Lukaku – on his first look since becoming a member of Chelsea for £97.5m – and Reece James scored the targets and the Blues may have added extra.
Arsenal are within the relegation zone on the finish of a day – excluding on the opening day of a season – for the primary time since August 1992.
Arteta added: “You need to perceive the scenario now we have. We’re lacking 9 gamers, and it’s tough. It’s not simply 9 gamers – they’re some massive, massive gamers.”
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They had been with out their two star forwards – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – plus Willian and back-up keeper Alex Runarsson due to Covid in opposition to Brentford.
Aubameyang was again on the bench in opposition to Chelsea, however £50m centre-back Ben White was out after testing constructive.
Thomas Partey, Gabriel and Eddie Nketiah are all injured too.
“There are loads of positives,” Arteta stated. “5 gamers who’re 19 or 20 years outdated enjoying at this stage for the primary time – that can have a constructive impression however in the meanwhile it’s tough.
“I do not prefer to really feel sorry for myself. I feel everybody can see in the meanwhile we do not have the squad that we would like and it appears to be tougher by the day.”
Arsenal had been booed off at full-time in entrance of their greatest crowd in 533 days – however Arteta had no downside with that.
“The group had been proper behind the crew from the start,” he stated. “If you end up dropping you can not count on them to be comfortable. They’ve given all of the assist they may. Once we do not win, they’ve to point out that and that’s pure.”