‘It was a good learning day’ – Arteta on last season’s defeat to Brighton

Arsenal’s title hopes were dealt a huge blow when this weekend’s opponents Brighton walked away from north London with a statement 3-0 victory last season, but Mikel Arteta says his side have learned from that defeat.

Arsenal were washed away in the second half, leaving the door wide open for Manchester City to seal the Premier League title.

Arsenal are yet again in the title hunt, and Arteta has said his side have learned from last season’s damaging defeat.

“It was a tough defeat, it was a bit different in the game. In the first and second half when we concede the goals and what happened”, said Arteta.

“But what happened before that had a big influence, it was a good learning day”.

Arteta, who been at the helm at Arsenal since December 2019, has seen his team develop over that time, having been in the title race for two straight seasons.

He also explained how the team’s maturity has led to more trust within the group, which has helped them improve.

“The team has matured and found a new way of managing things. They have their own rhythm, their own leadership,” said the Arsenal boss.

“We are always there to help and to guide them and they are a great group.

“I think it is about trust, and setting a culture where everyone is very clear about what we expect from each other.

“Everyone should do what is it expected when I am there, when I am not there. When someone is looking and somebody is not looking.

“We have got that at the moment. I think trust has to be built every day. It takes so much to build it and very little for it to start fading away.

“That is why you need to be on it every day, and you need good people. That is the most important thing.

“Let’s do everything we possibly can, and see where it takes us.”

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