Search

Arsenal ace left to rue missed chances at Stoke

16:15 26 August 2012

Mikel Arteta. Photo: Nick Potts/PA wire

Mikel Arteta. Photo: Nick Potts/PA wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mikel Arteta says it was two points lost for the Gunners

Mikel Arteta admitted Arsenal’s second successive goalless draw at the start of their Premier League campaign was “not good enough”.

The Gunners stuttered against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, failing to convert chances just as they did in the campaign curtain-raiser against Sunderland last weekend.

The midfielder and his team-mates controlled the lion’s share of possession but with Robin van Persie – who netted on his home debut for Manchester United 24 hours earlier – no longer in their ranks, Arsenal’s problems in front of goal were brought sharply into focus.

“It [two points from the first two games] is not good enough. We wanted the three points, but it is a hard place to come and try to get the points,” Arteta said.

“We had some really good chances but at the moment we are not taking them, the same thing happened last week.

“We are making them and conceding few chances to the opposition but we lost two points again today.”

The Spaniard was quick to praise his two new attacking team-mates Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.

He said: “We didn’t concede many chances and were well organised.

“We need three, four, five games together and then we will see (how good they are).

“They have the quality.”

There were positives however, with a second clean sheet in a row as Arsenal dealt comfortably with Stoke’s physical presence that has so often been their undoing.

Arteta said: “You know if you concede fouls and throw-ins they can put you in trouble because they get the ball in the box and are really organised at set pieces.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Islington Sports News

Fri, 20:11
Middlesex's Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan celebrated his first game as Middlesex’s T20 skipper with a classy knock of 93 as his side hammered Hampshire by 69 runs.

Fri, 07:15
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum hits out against England in 2015

James Franklin has warned that Middlesex cannot expect his former New Zealand team-mate Brendon McCullum to single-handedly transform their fortunes in one-day cricket.

Thu, 12:00
Rugby league player Aston Stephenson

There aren’t too many boys who grow up in north London and go to university in rugby union’s heartland – and then become rugby league internationals.

Thu, 10:00
Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

While it may be a cliché, to get a first-class hundred for the first time at Lord’s – the home of cricket – was an absolute dream come true.

Wed, 17:14
St Aloysius' RC College U14s won the ESFA PlayStation Cup at the Madejski Stadium, Reading

Left-back Prosper Keto headed in the only goal at Reading’s Madejski Stadium as St Aloysius’ Under-14s collected their first national 11-a-side trophy for 16 years.

Wed, 16:52
Summer Eytle-Rock (left) of Activities4U U12s

Summer Eytle-Rock produced another big game for Activities 4U Under-12s as the Islington side defeated Hackney Jedis 26-14 to book their place in the Community Basketball League play-off semi-finals.

Wed, 16:52
Beth Potter (right) is pursued by her British rivals Kate Avery and Jessica Andrews (second from left), who eventually won the race on the Parliament Hill athletics track. Pic: Mark Shearman

Former world record-holder Dave Bedford says Highgate Harriers’ Night of the 10,000m PBs is a “fascinating event” which is “of great value” to the world of athletics.

Wed, 13:27
Hornsey spinner Johnny Fawcett (left) exchanges high fives with Sam Solia

Hornsey spinner Johnny Fawcett blew away the Indian Gymkhana batting with the division’s first six-wicket haul of the season to put his side top of the Division Two table.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe