London - Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has issued a public apology on Monday for
the Gunners' "unacceptable" and "embarrassing" 6-0 thrashing by Premier
League leaders Chelsea last weekend.
Saturday's crushing London
derby loss at Stamford Bridge was a humiliating way for Arsenal to mark
Arsene Wenger's 1,000th match as their manager and left them in fourth
place, seven points adrift of Chelsea, albeit with a game in hand on the
Defeat at Stamford Bridge was Arsenal's third huge
away loss to one of their title rivals this season after a 5-1 reverse
at Liverpool and a 6-3 humbling at Manchester City.
overwhelmed by Chelsea's pace and power, falling 3-0 behind inside 17
minutes and playing most of the match a man down after Kieran Gibbs was
mistakenly sent off in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
and Spain midfielder Arteta said the Gunners were "just not good enough"
but promised an improved performance at home to top-flight strugglers
Swansea on Tuesday.
"We paid for our own mistakes. We have to take
it on the chin because it is unacceptable to lose another big game like
this," Arteta told Arsenal Media.
"You cannot only just move on,
you have to analyse what you have done and react. I am expecting a big
reaction on Tuesday (because) Saturday was not good enough for this
"The good thing is we have a lot of things to play
for and we have always reacted to disappointments and difficult moments,
but this one is a really hard one to take, it was a massive game for us
and for me it is unacceptable.
"The pressure we put on ourselves by losing games like that is massive and there is no need for it.
just disrupted the good season we were having. I don't know what else
to say apart from sorry to everyone at the club, the fans, and we
promise that we will try hard to put that right."
Arteta added: "It hurts deeply inside. It is embarrassing to be on a football pitch in that situation.
it is really hard, and when you go through that you analyse it and you
know you don't want to be in that situation again.
everyone that we have that hunger to put it right. On Tuesday, we have
an opportunity again at home and we just need to bounce back."