Mikel Arteta insists he DON’T CARE when his Arsenal players make mistakes, as long as they show courage after Granit Xhaka’s comical mistake gives Burnley a point … leaving Gunners in 10th place.
- Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley after Granit Xhaka’s comedy foul
- The midfielder’s pass into the penalty area hit Chris Wood for Burnley’s equalizer
- Manager Mikel Arteta insists he doesn’t mind making mistakes when players are brave
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insisted he doesn’t mind mistakes like Granit Xhaka’s, which gave Burnley a point, if his players are brave and play the way he wants.
The tying run was a comical goal, with a six foot 3 in Chris Wood standing next to Xhaka as he attempted to lift the ball out of the area and instead throw it from the striker into the goal. But Arteta was unmoved.
“It is what it is,” he said. ‘It’s the way we play. It’s the way I want to play and we just need to know the risk and the rules we have in certain areas and the kind of balls we need to play.
Mikel Arteta insists he doesn’t mind if players make mistakes, as long as they show courage
Granit Xhaka was the last Gunners player to make a blunder after giving Burnley’s equalizer
‘We’re talking about [errors] all the time trying to undo everything we give to the opponent. If someone makes a mistake because they want to play, I will always support them. If someone is hiding, I won’t have that.
‘We have scored a goal [today] from Auba (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang) who started all the way from Bernd Leno and we got one chance – and that chance came from Bernd who kicked the ball long and we couldn’t control the second ball. ‘
Burnley manager Sean Dyche said his side knew they could exploit a weakness by pushing Arsenal high on the field.
The midfielder’s high pass into the box bounced off Chris Wood and into the net
“Most of the teams we try to make,” he said. We love forefoot. The way we got to know Arsenal the best we could. We get a reward if we get to the right place and press well. ‘
Arteta insisted the draw was a ‘bad point’ after his side hit the post late and got off to a good start.
“I am disappointed with the result, but it is a difficult place to play and have the opportunity that we have created,” he said. “We don’t score enough and give the opponents a goal.”