Arteta insists Arsenal "controlled every department" despite Aston Villa defeat

Mikel Arteta vented his frustrations with Arsenal's sloppy mistakes in the 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa but insisted his side deserved much more from the match.

The Gunners lost their second game in a row as Ollie Watkins' early goal was enough to hand Villa the three points.

It caps a disappointing week for Arsenal after they were beaten by Wolves on Tuesday, and their recent momentum has been stopped in its tracks.

The result means Arteta's side remains in 10th place in the table, but they have played more games than those around them and their hopes of an unlikely bid for a European qualification place appear to be fading.

Arteta claims his side created the chances to put the game to bed but were not clinical enough against Villa when it counted.

“I’m extremely disappointed to lose and the way we lost it,” Arteta told BBC Sport . “We were the better team. We controlled every department but we gave them the ball.

“We gave them another three big chances. Then when we had to score the goal, we didn’t find the right pass or the right shot.

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“They were better in the boxes and that’s how you win games. We created enough opportunities. We didn’t score, we cannot win the game.

"We just gave them the ball, a moment you make a mistake and they punish you.

"You cannot win football matches if every week you do something like that. Four or five times we’ve played with 10 men.

“Against Wolves, we deserved to win both games by far but we lost both.

"[Red cards] cost us that game [against Wolves] – today other big decisions. Regardless of what the referee did today we should win the game comfortably.”

Arsenal are next in action next Sunday when they host Leeds before a Europa League first leg against Benfica the following Thursday.

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