Arsenal suffer fourth consecutive home league defeat

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Arsenal have suffered their fourth consecutive loss at home since 1959 following their 1-0 defeat against Burnley this past Sunday at Emirates Stadium.

An own goal from the Gunners’ skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured Burnley’s win few minutes after Granit Xhaka had been red-carded for violent conduct, grabbing Ashley Westwood by the throat.

In a post-match interview, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed his views on Xhaka’s red saying that he made a mistake but his behaviour was unacceptable.

“He made a mistake, clearly. The way the game was going, the dominance that we had, it was a game that we had to win and with 10 men it makes it much more difficult. You give the opponent a chance and you end up losing,” said Arteta.

The defeat leaves Arsenal at 15th place in the Premier League log standings from 12 outings and only five points above the bottom three. Arteta’s side have now failed to win any of their past five league games, with only two victories in their last 10.

The 38-year-old mentor reckons that his players have not lost their focus and they’re not panicking.

“No, I wouldn’t say they’re panicking. Again, it’s my opinion, I can see it in training as well that they try and put the energy in. A team that is struggling [like this] doesn’t normally play the way that they did [against Burnley] and with the way they played against Spurs, the leaders, but again, we lost the game. We gave the opponent a chance and they scored. And it’s about winning football matches,” he explained.

Arsenal returns to league action on Wednesday against Southampton at Emirates Stadium. Kick-off is set for 20h00 in the evening.

“We have three big games this week and we will see how everybody is. We have some suspensions and we have some injuries that we picked up last week and maybe today as well. We will see who is available for Wednesday,” the Spanish mentor adds.

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