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Mikel Arteta responds to Thierry Henry criticism

Published on: 14 October 2021

Thierry Henry was critical of Arsenal's performance in their recent 0-0 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion, yet Mikel Arteta refused to be drawn into a war of words with the Arsenal legend, merely suggesting that the Frenchman presented another opinion and that had to respect it.

Many thought the Gunners' season had turned around with a fine North London Derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur, yet they were comprehensively outplayed by Graham Potters' excellent Brighton side.

"I haven't heard it, I'm just hearing it from you," Arteta declared at his pre-match press conference.

"It's just another opinion. You have to respect that."

Arsenal have had just 25 shots on target this season as they languish in midtable, but Arteta admitted the issue and hopes to get the balance of his team right.

"It's something that certainly we can do better," Arteta said. "We can improve our efficiency in front of goal. When we get that balance right it will help us to win more games.

"When you are in good momentum you want to carry on playing as quick as possible. We did well enough to do that and be in a different position to a month ago."


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