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Mikel Arteta admits Tottenham defeat is “massive blow” to Arsenal’s European hopes

Mikel Arteta has warned his players they must learn from their mistakes after suffering a “massive blow” to their European hopes.

Arsenal blew Alexandre Lacazette’s early opener as defensive mistakes cost them dear again with Toby Alderweireld’s late header from a corner securing victory for Spurs in the North London derby.

Incredibly, Arteta has now lost 15 points from winning positions since taking charge in December as all their good play was undone by more basic defensive errors.

Gunners boss Arteta said: “We have to learn, in every game something happens. A little margin here, a little margin there. But I’m sure we will get there.

The Gunners are ninth in the table with three games remaining

“I’m proud of the players because I’ve never seen them play like they did today. I’m sorry for the fans, I know how much it means to them. If we minimise the mistakes we do and play like that we will win many, many, many football games.

“There’s been a few things that have cost us games. Some errors, sometimes game management, sometimes a set piece, an individual error. But we are fighting and competing in every game.

“Point-wise it is a massive blow because we know the results this weekend. But we will keep trying while we have hope: one way in the league, the other way in the FA Cup.”

It was a mix-up between Sead Kolasinac and David Luiz which led to Son Heung-min’s equaliser while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the bar with a glorious chance to win the game.

However, Arteta paid tribute to Tottenham and Jose Mourinho as victory lifted Spurs above Arsenal in the Premier League table.

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Arteta added: “I can see what they (Spurs) are trying to do, and he wins again. Two completely different styles and he manages really well. He has a good team behind him. He always finds a way to win – but I feel it bad. Congratulations to them but we move forward.”

Meanwhile, Arteta offered no hope to out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil, who was frozen out again and there seems no way back.

Arteta added: “He is still in the same position as was two weeks ago. And we said we would manage everything internally.”

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