Arsenal press conference live: Mikel Arteta reacts to Aston Villa defeat, Thomas Partey injury

Hello and welcome to this evening’s press conference blog!

All the growing optimism and confidence surrounding Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal has been shattered in the space of 90 chaotic minutes as the Gunners were beaten 3-0 by Dean Smith’s Aston Villa.

It’s their second straight league loss at the Emirates Stadium after falling 1-0 to Leicester City in October and we’ll be hearing from Mikel Arteta as he offers his post-mortem of what was a deeply disappointing defeat.

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Midfielder Thomas Partey was replaced at half-time and assessed for an injury which only adds to the overall mood swing around north London as familiar concerns emerge.

We’ll bring up all the updates from what the Arsenal manager says so keep an eye on below.