The Spaniard says his players have played well despite their surprise defeat at Saint Mary’s.
Arsenal went into their game against Southampton, knowing that a win would put them on level points with fourth-placed Tottenham.
The Spurs had already suffered a surprising defeat against Brighton. But it did not take long before Mikel Arteta’s side were handed a similar blow by the Saints.
Jan Bednarek’s scored Southampton’s winner just before the half-time, with Arsenal struggling to get back into the game. It was the hosts’ first league victory since February 25, which saw Arsenal slipping to sixth place on the table.
In a post-match interview, Arteta expressed his disappointment over his side’s display.
He said (via Football.london): “I’m very frustrated and disappointed because when you see what happened on the pitch, to concede and lose the football match I think it’s very difficult scenario to imagine.”
”We tried to do everything that we could have done in the best possible way, I can not fault the attitude of the players.
“I think it’s the opposite. They played well but at the end of the day you have to put the ball in the net in the opponent’s half. We didn’t do that for various reasons. One, because their keeper was exceptional and because the amount of situations that we created, we needed more quality to finish them off.”
Arsenal will meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League game on Wednesday.