Arteta reveals what Arsenal were ‘trying too hard’ to do in ‘crazy’ victory
Mikel Arteta likened his Arsenal side’s 3-2 victory over Watford to a basketball game, and offered words of sympathy for their relegated opponents Watford.
Arsenal emerged victorious on the final day of the season in a match where defending rarely made an appearance.
Despite taking a 3-0 lead, Watford fought back to 3-2 with relegation at the forefront of their minds, but couldn’t continue their surge as time ran out o their Premier League tenure.
Describing the topsy-turvy affair, Arteta said: “It was a crazy game right from the start. The moment we went one or two up their front players were a bit cheating. We allowed too many balls in the box.
“It was a bit like a basketball game at time.”
Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fell one goal shy of tying Jamie Vardy for the golden boot.
The Gabon ace notched two goals in the victory, but despite his teammates’ best efforts, the third goal would not come.
“You could see he was really trying, sometimes his team-mates were trying too hard to get him a goal,” said Arteta.
Providing an update on the injury status of Shkodran Mustafi, the Spaniard added: “At the back we are really touched and short. Mustafi has been playing really well with me and I wish him a quick recovery.
“He will miss the start of next season. He pulled the tendon of the bone in his hamstring. That’s normally a lot of weeks.”
Offering sympathy for their newly-relegated opponents Watford, Arteta said: “I feel very sorry for them. They were unlucky today. They’re neighbours with us, they’re very local. It must be really hard.
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“You could see how much they wanted it. Sorry. Hopefully they’ll be back next season.”