27th October, 2022
Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal are in need of a “reset” following Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League defeat to PSV, which saw the Gunners miss the chance to top Group A with a game to spare.
The Premier League outfit proved uninspired from the off at the Philips Stadion, and had already seen Cody Gakpo and Xavi Simons have goals disallowed by the time Joey Veerman fired the hosts into the lead.
Half-time substitute Luuk de Jong added a second as PSV pressed home their advantage, dealing Arsenal their first defeat of their Europa League campaign.
The Gunners will now need to beat Zurich next week to be assured of top spot in their group, while Thursday’s result follows on from a disappointing Premier League draw at Southampton on Sunday, leading Arteta to demand a reaction.
“It’s the end of a long run,” he said at his post-match news conference. “Today is the first defeat at the end of a long, long period.
“It’s time to reset, it’s time to analyse what happened. We were nowhere near our level today, especially in the way we competed.
“Obviously, congratulations to PSV, they were the better team and they deserved to win the game, there’s no question about that.”
PSV produced a strong defensive display as Arsenal fail to hit the net for the first time in their last 17 European away games, having won 11 of their previous 16.
Meanwhile, the Gunners suffered just their second defeat in their last eight trips to Dutch opponents (W3 D3) – the other loss also came at PSV, in a Champions League last-16 match in February 2007.