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Arsenal hammered in East London by West Ham 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said, "I'm disappointed with myself," after his squad was knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the fourth round following a 3-1 loss by West Ham.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said, “I’m disappointed with myself,” after his squad was knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the fourth round following a 3-1 loss by West Ham.

Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, made significant changes to his starting XI, with key players like Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, and captain Martin Odegaard on the bench. 

However, the team’s performance did not meet expectations, resulting in an underwhelming display for which Arteta shouldered the responsibility.

Six Changes to the Starting XI

Arteta’s tactical decisions were evident as he made six changes to the starting lineup, possibly aiming to give other players an opportunity to shine.

A Below-Par Performance

Despite the alterations, Arsenal’s performance fell short of the desired standard. Arteta acknowledged the lackluster display, and the responsibility for the outcome ultimately rested with him.

Arteta’s Words

In his post-match statement, Arteta expressed his disappointment, stating, “I’m very disappointed. I’m responsible for that.” He went on to add, “We’re out of the Cup, we wanted to play a very different game and compete. 

The game took a direction because of the first goal, but we have to see much more from the team and earn the right to win.”

The manager’s willingness to accept responsibility for the team’s performance is a hallmark of strong leadership, and he appears determined to work with the team to improve their form and competitive edge.

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