Arteta: Partey ‘has to stay on the pitch’

Mon 07 December 2020 | 9:08

Mikel Arteta defended his choice of keeping injured Thomas Partey on the pitch in order to prevent Tottenham from scoring.

Mikel Arteta

defended his decision to keep injured

Thomas Partey

on the pitch in the game against


on Sunday.

Speaking after the game, Arteta explained that he pushed Partey onto the pitch in order to prevent Tottenham from scoring.

"He has to stay on the pitch," he said. "I applaud their first goal, it is world-class, but the second goal we are a man down, we leave a massive gap and they take advantage.

"After that we dominated, they didn't have any chances, but they win the game. I don't know what else we can do. If we can't score goals we cannot improve our situation.”

Then he talked about Partey incident:

”I was trying to push him. I didn’t think he realized the gravity of the situation when he left his position. But probably that was because he was in a lot of pain. There’s nothing we can do at the moment to resolve that.

"I think it was a four-against-three situation for us and suddenly they are coming to us and Thomas was walking to me. I tried to push him. I haven’t spoken to him. I don’t know exactly how it happened, but he felt something really serious.”

He also talked about their statistical superiority that they failed to convert.


had 69.2 percent possession and delivered their most crosses (32) in open play since February 2016.

"I saw a team full of passion, dominating the team and creating chances but in the end, it is about the end product and that is why they are top of the table," Arteta said. "I think we had 44 crosses.

"The fight and the spirit and the way they played in this stadium is to be applauded but it is not enough to win football matches because we are not scoring goals."

source: SportMob