Mikel Arteta: Playing against Leeds is like going to the dentist

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Luke Freeman has filled in for John Fleck this season

"He was not happy because we knew they'd play like this and we didn't respect what he had said", stated Lacazette.

"In the first half we did three important things, we pressed well their playing out, we made first pass uncomfortable and easy for our defenders to anticipate and this way we avoid the striker to be involved in the play".

Arteta gave further details on a half-time rant directed at his players after the game, as he suggested their lack of focus was not acceptable as they allowed Leeds to boss the game.

"But the biggest change was how we approached the second half, the mentality, how aggressive we were, how we played in their half, won every duel, making runs forward".

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"The first half of the group was very, very optimistic for us". "If you are not ready for that game, you get exposed". How they react after they lose, what they want after they lose, and what they want after they win. "They are a great team and what they've built is powerful", Arteta said. We changed our attitude, desire and organisation at half-time and then we were completely different.

"They wanted to experience how laborious and arduous it was going to be".

'I watched a lot of Leeds games and they battered every team every three days. That is their expectation.

I tried to convince them before the game of what to expect of that team.

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"We should have achieved to try and play a match more balanced".

But Arsenal came back after some choice words from Arteta at the interval, and progressed to face Bournemouth in the fourth round courtesy of a goal from Reiss Nelson.

Bielsa's side dominated Arsenal in the opening 45 minutes of their FA Cup tie, but could not take the chances they created and were stung by a Gunners goal in the second half to lose 1-0, the hosts picking up their performance level.

After the match, manager Mikel Arteta expressed his content with how his side bounced back from an very bad first 45 minutes to book their place in the next round of the competition.

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