Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal ‘deserve to be slapped again’

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said he and his players ‘deserve to be slapped again’ following their subpar performance in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Brighton.

The Seagulls condemned the Gunners to their second successive defeat, with Arsenal now three points behind north London rivals Tottenham in the race for a top-four place.

This most recent loss comes at the end of a week which started with them being thrashed 3-0 at Crystal Palace, and Arteta revealed that he and his squad must feel the brunt of the criticism they will face in order to come back stronger.

“It has been a tough week, especially today because we wanted a reaction [to the defeat at Crystal Palace],” Arteta said after the Brighton defeat.

“It came in the second half, which is too late. We have to have the courage and personality to play much better and raise the level in the first half.

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