Arsenal suffered a humiliating 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday as they were dominated in every facet of the game. The Spaniard has called on his players to show "big balls" and fashion a response.
“We completely deserved to lose the game,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “They were better in every department and deserved to win the game with the margin they had, or even more. I accept responsibility for the way we played today.
“I don't have to use any excuses - that we don't have five or six players - the standards are much higher at this football club and I have to get them to perform at that level. It was technical as well. We gave every ball away and could not put three passes together. The basics weren't there today.
"At the moment I am in shock. I didn't expect that because of the way the team trained.”
Arteta demands a response from his players in their upcoming Europa League fixture Slavia Prague on Thursday, he continued: “It is a challenge and brings an opportunity.
“If you have courage and big balls and you represent a club like this, you have to stand up in the next game and take it.”
The Spaniard took the opportunity in his press conference to apologize to Gunners fans.
"We want to apologise, to our people and our fans,” he said. “This is nowhere near what we want and we have to do better."