We were 'disorganized' in first half, Arteta reflects on Arsenal loss

We were 'disorganized' in first half, Arteta reflects on Arsenal loss

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is confident the club still stands a chance of reaching the finals amid yesterday's loss to Villarreal but admits they were 'disorganized' in the first half. 

Arsenal conceded two goals in the first half and things got once after midfielder Dani Ceballos was sent off after receiving the second yellow card. Winger Nicolas Pepe handed the Gunners a lifeline after scoring a penalty in the second half heading into the second leg next week on Thursday at the Emirates. 

Arteta admits he was left frustrated by the team's display in the first half but Pepe's goal keeps the tie very much alive.

Speaking to BT Sport, the Spaniard said, "We didn't want to come here and lose obviously but the way the game developed, being 2-0 down and with 10 men, it's probably the best result we could have."

"They were two different halves. We started to be us. In the first half, there were so many moments that we weren't us. We weren't clear with our high press, we were disorganized, we were not precise with the ball and we didn't have enough control."

"We didn't have enough threat or desire to attack the box but in the second half, it was completely different."

"We are very used to that (Bukayo Saka playing well) this season, but it tells us we need to do much more as we cannot always rely on him. Bernd Leno was very good, at 2-0, the chance with Gerard Moreno, he saved us, and at the end, we had a big chance with Auba to draw the game."

"I am confident, we have a chance to win [the tie], that's for sure."

The Gunners will now put their focus on the Premier League and will travel to St James' Park to take on Newcastle United on Sunday. 

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