Arteta laments Arsenal's inconsistency after Everton loss

"We created four big, big chances and when you don’t put them in the net away from home it’s very complicated to win the game," the Spaniard noted.
Arteta laments Arsenal's inconsistency after Everton loss

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has expressed his disappointment at his side's inconsistency with the ball after Monday night's 2-1 defeat to Everton.

The Gunners took the lead on the stroke of halftime through Martin Odegaard only to lose the match after goals Richarlison and Demarai Gray's late strike.

Speaking to the Arsenal Media after suffering their second consecutive away defeat, following the 3-2 loss to Michael Carrick's Manchester United at Old Trafford last Thursday, Arteta admitted, "I'm very disappointed."

"I think in the first half we were inconsistent with the ball and we had some moments of control, we didn’t concede anything apart from the goal that was disallowed by the set-piece, but we didn’t have enough penetration or threat on the opponents' goal.

"One of the few times we did it we scored a goal from Martin and then in the second half we had to grab the game and we tried to do that, but again, in moments we were sloppy.

"We created four big, big chances, with Eddie, two with Martin and then one with Auba at the end, and when you don’t put them in the net away from home it’s very complicated to win the game, especially if you concede in the way that we did for example with the first goal.

"We gave too many balls away too easily and encouraged them against the movement that they had in the press. The few times that we did break the press we were open on goal, but we have to do it much more consistently."

The Gunners have now lost three of their last four Premier League matches since losing 4-0 to Liverpool on November 20, leaving them seventh on the log.

Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez's Toffees who occupy 12th place returned to winning ways after a run of eight games without a win (six defeats, two draws).

The Merseysider's will hope to extend their winning streak when they visit Crystal Palace over the weekend as Arsenal welcome Southampton to The Emirates Stadium.

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