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Mikel Arteta Slates Arsenal After Champions League Collapse

Arsenal’s captain has given an honest assessment of his team’s performance…

Mikel Arteta has spared little in his assessment of Arsenal’s Champions League disaster against Belgian minnows Anderlecht, who came from three goals down to snatch a point at the Emirates Stadium.

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The Gunners captain admitted that Arsenal ‘threw everything away’ on Tuesday evening, after a last-minute Aleksandar Mitrovic header secured a point for the visitors.

As the Daily Mail explains, the result means that Borussia Dortmund extend their lead at the top of Group D to five points, a total that Arsene Wenger’s side will struggle to make up.

Arteta was honest in his summary of the game: “I don’t know [how it got away from us],” he told reporters after the final whistle. “We can’t afford to make those mistakes, it’s just not good enough.

“We had a 3-0 lead at home and we know what we’re playing for. We’ll analyse the mistakes and see what happened in the second half. It’s not up to the level of this club.

“The main aim when you start the competition is to win the group but we have thrown everything away tonight. You can’t do that in this competition.”

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