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Arteta: We’re not good enough

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said that his players are not good enough to relax following their narrow 1-0 Emirates FA Cup win over Leeds United this morning.

Although an improved display in the second half of the match helped secure their progression to the fourth round, Arteta admitted afterwards that he had to get angry in the dressing room to provoke a reaction.

When asked if he was surprised by his side’s poor first half, the 37-year-old Spaniard said, “To be fair, it didn’t. I think it was a big release for them when they won against Manchester United and they took a little bit of that pressure off. And then your body and your mind tries to relax a little bit for one or two days.

“Now, we are not in a position to relax because we are not good enough to relax. If we don’t play at that level, we are not good enough.”

He went on to add, “That’s why we had to react. We changed some things. The biggest change was how we approached the second half, the mentality, how aggressive we are, how intense we are.

“We started to win every duel, every 50:50, we were playing in the opponent’s half and making passes forward and runs forward and being positive on the ball. It was different.”

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