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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has stated that his players need to show ‘big balls’ as he issued a personal apology to the club’s fan base following the Liverpool defeat.

The Reds eased to a 3-0 victory at the Emirates on Saturday as Diogo Jota helped himself to a brace off the bench, while Mo Salah also got in on the act.

Despite missing a number of key players, Arteta declared: “Liverpool completely deserved to win the game, probably by a bigger margin. They were better in every department.

“We need to apologise to our people, to our fans. I have to apologise for what we’ve done on that pitch. I am fully responsible. They were much better than us in every department.

“They won every duel, every second ball, every challenge. It was one of the worst (performances of Arteta’s time at Arsenal).

“I don’t have to use any excuses, that we don’t have five, six players – it’s not about that. I don’t care who was missing. I hate excuses. They were much better than us in every single department.

“The standard has to be higher for this football club and my job is to get them to perform at that level.”


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