Arsenal in ‘big trouble’ says Mikel Arteta after miserable Carabao Cup exit

  • Arteta: ‘This was a really painful moment’
  • Manager defends Alex Rúnarsson after keeper’s blunder

Mikel Arteta said Arsenal were in “big trouble” and feeling further pain after a 4-1 home defeat to Manchester City dumped them out of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

The Arsenal manager picked a second-string team and watched his goalkeeper, Alex Rúnarsson, endure a torrid evening. The low point came when the Icelander fumbled a Riyad Mahrez free-kick into the net to give City a 2-1 lead. Rúnarsson had also been partly to blame for Gabriel Jesus’s opening goal.

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