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Arteta Defends Lacazette For Losing A Goal At Liverpool Defeat

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has defended striker Alexandre Lacazette for losing a goal that would have levelled the game for the Gunners at Anfield.

Liverpool had beaten Arsenal 3-1 after new signing Diogo Jota scored a late goal in his debut for the Reds.

Goals from Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson had made it 2-1 earlier after Lacazette scored the opener for Arsenal.

However, the French striker failed to score an equalizer in a one-on-one with Alisson and when he was substituted 15 minutes from time, he covered his face with his shirt as he sat down on the bench.

“Obviously he had the best chance in the game to make it 2-2, and then again put us in a really strong position, but he had a great game,” Arteta said.

“He put in another incredible performance and I’m pleased with him. I want to see my players upset and angry when we lose a game.

“It is a really tough place to come, they are a really good side. We stayed in the game for almost the whole match.

“Having took the lead, we should have held that situation a bit better. We conceded the goal too early.

“We competed well knowing the difficult moments you will have when you come to Anfield; when we had the clear chances to make it 2-2 we didn’t take them.

“They want to win and this is what they are like, the mindset of the team. They go to any ground and want to win. They really believed we could come here and do it and for large periods of the game we were there.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield once again in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Thursday.

Arsenal then host Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday and Liverpool travel to face Aston Villa later that day.

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