A frustrated Mikel Arteta lamented Arsenal's missed opportunities after their 2-0 home defeat to West Ham, leaving the Gunners clinging to second place in the Premier League table.
"We just couldn't get what we deserved," Arteta declared on Amazon Prime, reflecting on the match. "We were the dominant side, creating chance after chance, but ultimately, it's goals that win games, and we simply couldn't find the net."
The Spaniard acknowledged the gulf in efficiency between the two sides: "West Ham had two shots, two goals. We had 30, and zero. It's that simple. We dominated possession, played with purpose, but lacked the ruthlessness needed to put them away."
Despite the disappointment, Arteta refused to criticize his players: "I have nothing but praise for their effort. They gave it their all until the final whistle. It's just incredibly frustrating when you put in such a performance and come away empty-handed."
However, the manager knows Arsenal must learn from this setback: "We have to be honest with ourselves," he stated. "We need to be more clinical in front of goal. If we continue to create so many chances but fail to convert them, it will cost us. We are still in a good position in the table, but this is a wake-up call. We need to improve if we want to challenge for the title."
With Liverpool breathing down their necks, just two points ahead, Arsenal face a tricky trip to Fulham next. Another slip-up could see their title hopes fade, adding further pressure to Arteta's men to rediscover their scoring touch and get back on track.