Mikel Arteta: Arsenal not good enough
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Mikel Arteta: Arsenal not good enough

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says his side was second best as they suffered a 2-0 loss to Brentford in the Premier League opener on Friday. 

Sergi Canós scored the opener before  Christian Nørgaard added the second to secure three points on their debut. The Gunners had 22 shots but only four hit the target and Arteta has called for 'cool heads' in the aftermath. 

Speaking to SkySports after the game, Arteta said, "I'm disappointed. It's not the way we wanted to start the season. We didn't start well, conceding a goal in an isolated incident. We didn't cope well with the second balls or long balls. And that's all they needed to create problems for us. Then we conceded from a long throw."

"The biggest worry was our threat in front goal. The number of times we got around the box and got in great situations but it wasn't enough threat or shots on target. If you don't do that in the Premier League then you won't win.

"I don't want excuses - we missed players but I don't like to hide.

"We were not good enough to beat them. We did not do the basics. We have started in a disappointing way but we will review and speak with cool heads and try to put it right as soon as possible."

The Gunners will now host rivals, Chelsea, at the Emirates in their second Premier League game. 

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