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Mikel Arteta reveals Goalkeeper reaction to error in Liverpool defeat

Mikel Arteta says Aaron Ramsdale was left frustrated after his error allowed Liverpool to open the scoring against Arsenal on Wednesday night, admitting that both goals conceded at the Emirates were ‘not at our level.

 

The Gunners were very impressive in the first half against the Reds, but Diogo Jota and substitute Roberto Firmino scored after the break to give Jurgen Klopp’s side a 2-0 win in north London.

 

Jota’s goal was a well hit shot from a tight angle on the left of the penalty area which beat Ramsdale at his near post, despite the Englishman getting a hand to the ball.

 

The old cliche that a goalkeeper should not be beaten at their near post is sometimes a little harsh, but it didn’t seem so here, with Ramsdale clearly out of position when Jota took his shot.

Arteta said the England ‘keeper would be annoyed with the moment, but praised his recent form, which has been excellent on the whole.

‘He will be (frustrated), but this is part of the game,’ said Arteta. ‘So is every time he’s saved us and every time he’s been phenomenal, and today he had some really good moments that helped us to do what we wanted to do in this game against Liverpool.

‘Unfortunately we conceded two goals which are probably not at our level.’

Arsenal icon Paul Merson was in the Sky Sports studio and accused Ramsdale of laziness for letting the shot past him, also hitting out at the defence for allowing Thiago Alcantara’s pass to find Jota.

‘It is poor defending all round and its poor goalkeeping,’ Merson told Sky Sports.

‘The goalkeeper gets lazy, he thinks it is going to be a cross. You should never ever get beaten at your near post.’

Graeme Souness agreed Ramsdale had got his positioning wrong, adding: ‘He gets a good hand on it but he is nearly at full stretch, that is how out of position he is. That is poor positioning.’

It was not just Ramsdale that was left frustrated, but the entire Arsenal team as they performed well, but came away with nothing, just as they did in a 2-1 loss to Manchester City in January.

Arteta said of the mood in the dressing room: ‘They were down because they know how well we played and now we’ve lost two games against City and Liverpool when you are there toe to toe and you deserve much more than we got from the result, but the reality is that we didn’t.’