Every word Mikel Arteta said on Tavares' substitution, January transfers and Nottingham Forest

By Chris Wheatley & Kaya Kaynak

What’s your overriding emotion after that?

Really disappointed with the performance first of all not with the attitude. How much purpose we have and what determination we showed to change the game when it’s difficult to play against. But more drive, more hunger to win at any cost in every single action. Much more, we were not at our level today

Can you talk us through the substitution of Tavares?

I just did it to try to improve the performance of the team.

Did you consider that it might create a story?

I understand that but I have to make the decision to try to improve the performance of the team when it’s not going in any other direction.

What was he not doing?

I don’t want to talk about any individuals.

How frustrating is this performance after how well you’ve played in the league?

It’s frustrating but it happened. We have to analyse why it happened. We can talk about all the players we didn’t have which is nine or 10, or the players that we had. Today we should have done something different.

Did you see that coming?

No. I know because I’ve been playing games like that for the last 18 years and I know how complicated it is to come here and it’s no surprise the difficulties that we face in the different way.

Did tonight underline how important it is to get midfielders in?

I want to get the best out of the players that we have. I think it’s clear where we need to strengthen. But at the moment it’s what we have and with what we have we have to play.

Does Xhaka have a chance of being available for any games next week?

I don’t know it will depend on the next few days about how he’s feeling.

It must be disappointing to be knocked out of a competition Arsenal have been so successful in?

It's really hurting. A competition related to our history and to get be knocked out of it today is a big bump.

How are Smith Rowe and Xhaka looking for next week?

Again, it depends how they evolve. We will have to see in the next few days how are you.

Does it bring into question the decision to send Maitland-Niles on loan?

No, that decision was made for many different reasons. First of all, it was because the player was willing to do that.

You didn't have a shot on target today. Why do you think that was?

We didn't have enough incisiveness to progress the ball with enough quality into those areas. When we did have a shot we didn't hit the target which makes it very difficult to win the match.

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