Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta was delighted with his team’s effort against Manchester City.
The North Londoners were humbled 1-0 against the table toppers, and did not make any chances to equalise.
Nevertheless, Arteta feels keeping City to a single goal was an achievement in itself.
“To play the way we did today, with that personality, with that courage, to match them the way we’ve done, is really difficult,” said Arteta to the club’s website.
“I’ve seen many other games in the last few months of theirs. It’s something to be proud of but obviously we are disappointed because we got nothing from the game.
“Apart from the first 10 minutes that we didn’t do something we talked about when we suffered – they used it a couple of times and we were exposed. After that, we corrected it, looked much better and much more comfortable.”
When quizzed about conceding in the opening two minutes, Arteta said: “It’s really frustrating because we talked about it, that we had to come out of the blocks really strongly, really convincingly.
“We did the opposite and we allowed them some time around the box, sometimes with Sterling in the middle of the box with a header… against City, if you want to win you cannot do that.
“I think after that we tried to react in the best possible way. I think we matched them up, we had some really good moments, we created some great opportunities but we lacked the quality around the box to find the right pass and the right man to score the goal.
“Against this opponent, everything has to be perfect.”