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Arteta issues rallying cry after disappointing loss to PSV Eindhoven.

Goals from Eindhoven's Joey Veerman and Luuk de Jong handed Arsenal their first loss in the Europa League this season.

The Gunners boss Arteta was frustrated at how his side performed against Van Nistelrooy's Boeren and insists he wants them to turn their form around immediately.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted that he was 'very disappointed' at how the Gunners' unbeaten run came to an end in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

The Premier League leaders slumped to only their second defeat of the 2022-23 season as they were outclassed by PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League group contest.

Joey Veerman and Luuk de Jong both found the net at the Philips Stadion as Ruud van Nistelrooy's Boeren put in a dominant second-half display that saw them score three more goals, which were ruled out for offside.

After the 2-0 loss to the Dutch side, Arteta issued a rallying cry to his players, asking them to bounce back to winning ways quickly.

'The end of a long run.'

“I’m very disappointed," Arteta said post-match as quoted. "It’s the end of a long run, where we won a lot of games and today is our first defeat [since the loss to Man Utd at the start of September] and we have to reset.

“Congratulations to PSV - they were the better team today. We were nowhere near our level and we know that in Europe, it’s very difficult to win [then].

“We didn’t get any control. We didn’t get the ball in the areas we wanted. We gave so many balls away, which allowed so many transitions, which was what they were looking for whenever they got in the right structure. They were on top of a lot of things that last week was different.”

Looking forward to a much-improved display at the Emirates.

Last night's result means, the north Londoners must beat FC Zurich next week Thursday to finish as Group A leaders, but before then, they have Nottingham Forest to play on Sunday.

And Arteta is keen for the Gunners to turn up at the Emirates so they maintain their spot at the helm of the Premier League table.

“It’s really difficult to win every game in Europe,” the Spaniard said. “We are in a really good position. We’re disappointed tonight but there’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to react. On Sunday, we have a really important game, and then we’ll 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 executed certain actions, the way we competed, it wasn’t good enough.”

When asked if he saw this performance coming, he replied: “I don’t know. We have periods where we’ve been excellent and periods where we’ve suffered. For sure, we haven’t had the consistency for 95 minutes to maintain the level we want.

“That’s the next challenge and the next aim for this team. Today I think it was very different, right from the beginning. Even though we had periods where we controlled the game, I didn’t feel that we had the threat and the aggression that we’ve been playing at.

“That was worrying. In the second half, the moment something went wrong, we just went down and we didn’t really find moments to give us some hope to react and get something out of the game.”

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