Mikel Arteta stated Arsenal wanted to apologise after a below-par efficiency led to a third-round FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest.
Lewis Grabban’s late strike proved the distinction on the Metropolis Floor as Forest shocked the Gunners once more, having overwhelmed them 4-2 on the identical stage in 2018.
Arteta made a number of adjustments to his staff however nonetheless included Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli and Bernd Leno within the beginning XI.
“We weren’t ok and we have now to apologise for it,” Arsenal supervisor Arteta advised ITV.
“I do not need to use excuses, I count on the staff I put out to do higher and when you do not within the cup you’re out.
“Right now confirmed we weren’t able to profitable in opposition to Forest away from residence and did not put within the degree to win the sport. It is a collective concern and as we speak we have now not executed it. What we have now executed as we speak is nowhere close to the extent and requirements which can be required.”
Arteta added in his post-match press convention: “We wanted extra drive, extra starvation to win at any price in each single motion, far more. We weren’t at our degree.
“I am actually disillusioned with the efficiency, initially. Not with the perspective however how a lot goal we have now and what dedication we confirmed to vary the sport when it is troublesome to play in opposition to and the best way they play.
“I’ve performed in video games like that for the final 18 years and I understand how difficult it’s to return right here and it is no shock the difficulties you’re going to face. However once we try this, we have now to face it differently.
“It’s actually hurting. It’s a competitors that may be very associated to our historical past and to get out of it’s a huge bump.”
Though Arsenal had far more of the possession they did not have a single shot on course.
Nuno Tavares was hooked after simply 34 minutes of the match and confirmed his frustration as he threw his gloves to the bottom.
Requested in regards to the choice to switch Tavares, Arteta stated: “I simply did it to attempt to enhance the efficiency of the staff.
“I’ve to make the choice to attempt to enhance the efficiency of the staff when it is not moving into another route.”
Arsenal will hope for enchancment of their subsequent three fixtures.
They face Liverpool of their two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final on January 13 and 20, both aspect of a visit to north London rivals Tottenham within the Premier League on Sunday January 16.
Nottingham Forest supervisor Steve Cooper declared himself “actually proud” of his gamers.
He stated: “We got here up in opposition to a very good staff and we had a transparent recreation plan. We wished to be courageous with our urgent and get at them on the counter and that is how we scored.
“I am actually happy with the boys, happy with the efficiency. It is sensible to get by way of and I hope the gamers now actually consider in what we’re doing.
“[Grabban] is the membership captain. He is skilled and we work collectively when it comes to how we use him. Then we introduced him on and he scored.”