“We didn’t do enough with that [possession] – not enough purpose speed or threat. We were sloppy with the ball. It wasn’t good enough. We didn’t deserve to win. When you have opportunities to go top of league on 31 December and now end up with really bad feeling that is football. The lines are really thin.
“If we play like we played in the other 19 games we will be up there [in the league at the end of the season]. If we play like today we will be nowhere near. Today was a really difficult day to swallow.”
Ivan Toney, Dominic Solanke, Victor Osimhen and Pedro Neto had been some of the reported Arsenal targets when the window opens on Monday, but Arteta’s suggestion may mean it ends up being a quiet January for the Gunners.