Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said he won’t turn to defensive tactics given injury absences.
The latest setback is surrounding Emile Smith Rowe.
Despite the growing fitness in concerns in his squad, Arteta refused to blame the reversal on key absences and vowed his tactical plan remained the same.
“I’m not going to put any excuses because these are the players that we have, and for me they’re the best players,” he said.
“We try to do that and give them confidence and belief, and with those players we play here the way that we played, so that’s it and that’s not going to change.”