Arsenal should recover quickly after PSV defeat, says Arteta

Arteta’s team will face two home games over the next seven days – against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Sunday and FC Zurich in the final game of the Europa League group stage on Thursday.

Arsenal need to quickly get over Thursday’s disappointing 2-0 Europa League defeat to PSV Eindhoven as they face a hectic schedule, manager Mikel Arteta said.

PSV advanced to the knockout stage of Europe’s second division competition after goals from Joey Veerman and Luuk De Jong. The result ended Arsenal’s 100% start to Group A, although it had already sealed a place in the top two before the defeat.

Arteta’s team will face two home games over the next seven days – against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Sunday and FC Zurich in the final game of the Europa League group stage on Thursday.

“I’m very disappointed. It’s the end of a long period in which we won a lot of games and today is our first defeat (since the beginning of September) and we have to redefine”, said Arteta.

Manchester United won 3-1 at home to Arsenal on 3 September to inflict their only Premier League defeat so far this season.

“Congratulations to PSV – they were the best team today. We were nowhere near our level and we know that in Europe it is very difficult to win (at the time)”, added Arteta.

“We are disappointed tonight, but there is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to react. On Sunday we have a very important game and then we will look at Zurich.

“We have to be much better than we were today. We knew what they were trying to do and the way we performed certain actions, the way we competed, was not good enough.”

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