Arteta’s side never recovered from the defeat and lost to Newcastle four days later – ultimately failing to qualify for the Champions League. The Arsenal manager reflected: “It was a very difficult day, especially the way the game developed and what actually happened in the game but obviously you learn a lot from difficult moments. We certainly did.
“Whether it is actually directly linked to a change of behaviour or the team performing better, there are many factors to that. But hopefully we have learned some lessons from that day and we still have something for Sunday.
“I think the players and the staff and everybody at the club deserve a lot of credit for the way they have behaved in difficult moments. In good moments, everyone wants to be on board. In difficult moments, you see people looking at each other and blaming each other. That’s not been the case.”