Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sent a warning shot to his players after their 3-0 home loss at Aston Villa on Sunday night.
The Gunners were the favorites to win the match, but Bukayo Saka’s own goal in the first half and Ollie Watkins’s double gave visitors maximum points in the Emirates.
Arteta, who spoke after the match, said that it was unfair for the Gunners to suffer such loss, adding that he ‘would not tolerate this kind of mindset.’
“Not for big teams,” Arteta said in response to a question on whether it was one of those unfortunate results.
“Big teams can’t afford that. We cannot afford that. You win a football match, two football matches, three.
“We expect to win every game and this is the standard that we have to set. So if someone believes that winning one or two games is good enough, they’re completely wrong and I’m not going to accept that.
“I’m not going to accept that mindset at all and it’s obviously not what this club deserves. It’s my full responsibility and now I have to find a way to do it.
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“I think that since I arrived here, it’s the first time that I’ve felt that we performed really under our standards and what we are trying to set at this football club. It’s unacceptable.
“I would like to have a game tomorrow morning to get this one out of the system. But as well, in difficult and bad moments, you get a lot of things. I want to see how people react, how players react, and if we start to blame each other or if we just look at ourselves in the mirror and then try to become much better than what we’ve shown tonight, which we are.
“Then, after that, get everybody back together and get the fighting spirit, the belief, and the commitment that we’ve shown since I got here, into every game.”
Arsenal will not be in action for the next two weeks as the Premier League takes a break to pave way for international action.
They next play away to Leeds United on November 22nd.