“That day we had four injured players who might not have played. We were pushed to try to be on that pitch. I had to play with some injections and then come off because I could not help anymore. Anything can happen.”
Arsenal have the youngest team on average in the Premier League this season. Their inexperience has cost them at times, particularly in those recent defeats that have seen their grasp on the top four slip away.
But Arteta has insisted that the club will continue with their policy of using young players. He continued: “They’re not going to be kids for the rest of their lives. Next season, they’ll be more mature.
“You have to start somewhere. What we cannot say is we’re going to use academy players and, the moment something goes wrong, not do it. I’m so grateful for what they’ve done and brought to the team. We’re sticking with them because they deserve that.”