'I am so proud to call them my players' – Mikel Arteta upbeat after Arsenal defeat

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta applauds his team's fans after the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal on 4 February, 2023 at Goodison Park in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
(Image credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta remained full of pride for his Arsenal players following Saturday's defeat to Everton, stating that he 'loves them even more' than before.

The table-topping Gunners suffered only their second Premier League loss of the season as James Tarkowski's header secured a 1-0 win for the hosts at Goodison Park. 

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...