Arteta ‘proud’ of Arsenal but says Bayern Munich goals were a ‘gift’

Mikel Arteta says he is proud of his Arsenal side’s response to going behind against Bayern Munich but insists they must improve if they are to progress following their 2-2 quarter-final first leg draw.

The Gunners had taken an early lead through Bukayo Saka but goals from former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry and England captain Harry Kane from the penalty spot put the German side 2-1 up.

Leandro Trossard came off the bench to rescue a draw for Arteta but the Arsenal boss says his side must ensure they make less mistakes in the second leg if they are to advance to the semi-finals.

“I am very proud and now I sense the belief that we are going to go to Munich and we’re going to have the chance to win it,” Arteta said.

“We have to be much better in certain areas, and that’s how we’re going to prepare.

“We reacted well and we never gave up. Thank you to the crowd again, they were unbelievable, and we go again in Munich.

“We are alive and we did what we had to do when the game became very, very difficult for us.

“But we also understand that we have to step up the level in certain aspects of the game to be much better, and to have a real chance for us to win the game.

“I think we have made some mistakes today, and hopefully the next time there are less. But okay, it happened today, let’s learn from it, let’s support those players, they’ve been unbelievable and it’s part of football.

“In the Champions League you cannot give anything to the opponent. We have given them two goals today.”

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