Mikel Arteta slammed Arsenal for an “unacceptable” 2-1 Saturday’s defeat of the Premier League against Brighton.

The Gunners were stunned by goals from Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay but went ahead at Amex Stadium through a sublime Nicolas Pepe strike. Before a 95th-minute and after a quick Brighton corner, the winner from Maupaywho had been involved in an earlier collision that saw Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno take off on a stretcher, Dunk scrambled the ball over the line.

This was Arsenal’s second setback in a week following Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City and Arteta was far from pleased with the way they struggled to retain their earlier advantage.

Since the top flight resumed after the three-month interruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Gunners have suffered back-to-back defeats, a run that caused significant harm to their hopes of making the Champions League in 2020–1.

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But while Arteta was less than happy with what he saw against Brighton, he is already thinking about how to mend spirits ahead of the next outing for Arsenal.

“The way we lost the game is unacceptable. The fact that we missed so many chances, the fact that we gave them a goal and we didn’t compete for the second goal. Where will We go from here? We’ve got to try and boost the players. There’s a lot of stuff they’ve done very well but we don’t compete. You can’t give away those kinds of goals at this stage. This is the opportunity that we all have at the football club to turn into something worth the team that we serve,” he added to BT Sport.

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