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Arteta slams Arsenal players after Everton defeat - 'Not good enough'

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta didn't hold back in his post-match comments after the loss to Everton on Monday.

Demarai Gray scored an injury-time goal to secure a 2-1 win for the Toffees after Martin Odegaard had given Arsenal a first-half lead.

And Arteta was critical of his players for not seeing the game out.

He told reporters: "In the first half we were very inconsistent with the ball. I didn't like it. No penetration. One of the few times we did it we scored. Second half we tried to do more of those things, created four big chances but conceded a very sloppy goal when you need to manage the game.

"We couldn't take the ball into the final third. They're not going to give you time, at Goodison you know what to expect. I think the team tried to go, we kept pressing high. We lost a few important duels that put us some pressure."

Asked whether Everton's Ben Godfrey should have been sent off for a stamp on Takehiro Tomiyasu, Arteta added:"That decision was made, I'm sure VAR reviewed it. What I want is more from my team. Today you have the game under control even though you're not playing your best and you have to find a way to win it. The way we conceded the goal and losing this match is not something good.

"It could have been very different but we haven't managed to do it. When the opponent is there for the taking you have to do it and we haven't. It wasn't good enough."


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