Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has apologized to the club and its fans following the “embarrassing” 6-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
“We just disrupted the good season we were having,” Arteta told the club’s official website. “I don’t know what else to say apart from sorry to everyone at the club, the fans, and we promise that we will try hard to put that right.”
Arteta went on to discuss how crushing the loss was from a psychological standpoint.
“It hurts deeply inside,” the midfielder said. “It’s embarrassing to be on a football pitch in that situation. Psychologically it’s really hard and when you go through that you analyze it and you know you don’t want to be in that situation again.”
Alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta played in the holding role against Chelsea and was repeatedly beaten by ruthless Blues side. The loss cemented Arsenal in 4th place, seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea. Next up for the Gunners is a clash with Swansea City on Tuesday, a match that Arteta pledges he and his teammates will get right.
“I promise everyone that we have that hunger to put it right. On Tuesday we have an opportunity again at home and we just need to bounce back.”
From the viewpoint of most pundits, there is no bouncing back for Arsenal in the Premier League. A Top 4 finish is now the likely focus of Arsenal but the Gunners face deep challenges from 5th placed Tottenham, who is six points back, and 6th placed Everton, who is eight points adrift with a game in hand.
While a run at the title is not mathematically impossible for Arsenal, doing so will require Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City to drop points over the next seven weeks. Arsenal’s remaining matches in the league are against Swansea City, Manchester City, Everton, West Ham, Hull City, Newcastle, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich.