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Mikel Arteta lays into Arsenal players after defeat by Aston Villa but insists result is ‘my fault’ 

‘I didn’t see the spirit we have for the first time this season’: Mikel Arteta lays into Arsenal players after collapsing to heavy home defeat by Aston Villa… but insists the result is ‘my fault’

  • Arsenal were soundly beaten 3-0 at home by an impressive Aston Villa
  • Bukayo Saka’s own goal and two from Ollie Watkins inflicted heavy defeat
  • Mikel Arteta was critical of his players, saying they lacked their usual ‘spirit’
  • But the Arsenal boss also took full responsibility for the disappointing showing

Mikel Arteta laid into his Arsenal players for their performance against Aston Villa but took full responsibility for the heavy 3-0 home defeat.

Bukayo Saka’s own goal and a second half Ollie Watkins double saw the Midland outfit run out impressive winners at Emirates.

It was a well deserved victory for the visitors as Arsenal failed to stamp their authority on the tie, and the Arsenal boss did not mince his words with his criticism of the performance.

Mikel Arteta laid into his Arsenal players but took responsibility for their defeat vs Aston Villa

The Gunners were soundly beaten 3-0 by the impressive visitors in a disappointing showing