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Arteta demands Arsenal ‘be more prepared and better’ after Tottenham loss

Mikel Arteta - Tottenham vs Arsenal: The MIND Series
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The Gunners boss took away some positives from their defeat in the north London derby but wasn’t happy with the outcome.

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Mikel Arteta demands from his players to be “more prepared and better” in the matches to come after Arsenal were beaten by Tottenham.

Arsenal paid a visit to local rivals Tottenham on Sunday for the friendly Mind Series clash as a part of their pre-season schedule.

A sole goal was enough to settle the tie, with Son Heung-min striking late to hand the hosts a deserved victory.

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“To lose any game… to lose against them obviously even more,” Arteta told the Arsenal media after the full-time whistle at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

“Take the positives and learn and for the next time be more prepared and better.

“We took a lot of good things. We played with a lot of kids as well who did extremely well today, so I think it’s good for the preparation.”

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Arsenal, who had a forgettable 2020-21, kick off the new Premier League campaign on Friday by taking a trip to Brentford.

“Yeah, it’s always great to start [with a positive result],” added Arteta when asked about the importance of starting the season with a win.

“It’s a tough place and a team that’s been playing together for a long time and the first game is always tricky and they are a really good opponent.”

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