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Gabriel says he and the rest of Arsenal’s squad are ‘very sad’ about their defeat to Aston Villa and will ‘work hard’ to fix the problems that were evident at the Emirates.
The Gunners went into last weekend’s Premier League clash on the back of a three-match winning streak in all competitions but were completely outplayed in every department by a rampant Villa side.
Bukayo Saka put the ball into his own net in the 25th minute and Ollie Watkins scored a quickfire brace to put the visitors out of sight in the second half, with Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley wreaking havoc throughout.
Gabriel has impressed since his summer move from Lille – winning Arsenal’s Player of the Month award for September – but had a tough afternoon at the heart of Mikel Arteta three-man defence, between Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney.
However, the Brazilian insists Arsenal’s players will look put the performance behind them and strive to respond positively after the international break. ‘Very sad about yesterday’s result,’ Gabriel posted on Instagram on Monday night. ‘But it will not affect us, we will work hard to improve in all aspects!’
Arteta took full responsibility for Arsenal’s display and admitted his side looked ‘sloppy’ and ‘very vulnerable’ for extended periods of the game.
‘Congratulations to Aston Villa for the way they played and the victory,’ the Arsenal head coach said.
‘After that obviously we perform below our standards and I have to say since I was Arsenal manager it was the first time I’ve seen us play and we were not a team.
‘I take full responsibility. We did not start the game well enough. ‘We got away with the situation with VAR because of the offside situation.
‘But straight after that we lost all the races, all the duels, we were sloppy on the ball and when we created the chances to score we didn’t even hit the target.
‘It’s a really bad combination as the game went on we started to get more open and left more spaces, on the counter attack we looked very vulnerable.’