The Gunners were on course for qualification from Group D after goals from Arteta, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put them three up at Emirates Stadium, but the Belgian champions produced a remarkable second-half comeback to secure a 3-3 draw.
The Spanish midfielder was seemingly disappointed with the Gunners performance and slammed his side’s inability to finish the job.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
I don’t know. We cannot afford to make that many mistakes and to concede three goals after we went 3-0 up. It’s just not good enough. I’m very disappointed – we missed a great opportunity to finish the job today. It’s not good.
I don’t know. Even with the first goal, you have a two-goal lead at home and we know what we’re playing for. It was a massive day for us to finalise the group stages, and we need to analyse the mistakes and what happened in the second half, because it’s not at the level required at this club.
As well. That’s the main aim when you start the competition. We’ve thrown everything away today. We have another two chances still, but you can’t miss your chances in the Champions League, because every team has qualities and you can see what happened today.
The Gunners were 3-0 up with half an hour to play, but their good work going forward was wasted as they crumbled under late pressure from the Belgian champions, and they left the field to a chorus of boos from their frustrated fans.
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It’s easy to throw the word naive around when describing Arsenal, but that’s the very word for their second-half display and the match stands an example of how their season has gone so far. The North London club showed what they’re capable of in attack in the first half now that Alexis Sanchez runs the show, but the same old frailties ruined what would have been a fantastic night.
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