• Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta addresses Gunners' loss to Tottenham
  • Arteta thinks his team simply needs to score more goals
  • The Spaniard discusses Thomas Partey's in-game injury

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta knows what exactly his team needs to win games this season.

The highly-anticipated derby match between Tottenham and Arsenal ended up with a 2-0 victory for Jose Mourinho’s team.

As expected, Spurs’ attacking duo Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son once again put on a show to thump their local rivals at home on Sunday.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Gunners boss Arteta reflected on the demoralizing defeat and stressed that his team simply needs to score goals in order to win.

"By scoring goals," Arteta said of how Arsenal could get back to its winning ways this season. "Very simple. We need to score goals. If not, it's unsustainable.”

"It doesn't matter what we do in other departments of the pitch, if we don't score goals we can't do nothing,” he continued. “We need to put the ball in the net, urgently."

Third time lucky: Mikel Arteta won his first game as Arsenal manager at the third time of asking
Third time lucky: Mikel Arteta won his first game as Arsenal manager at the third time of asking IKIMAGES / Ian KINGTON

The goalless Arsenal squad suffered another major blow when the team’s summer signing Thomas Partey sustained an injury in the middle of a crucial play.

The Gunners were already down 1-0 when the former Atletico Madrid star was sent to the sidelines limping.

Tottenham talisman Kane seemed to have benefited from Partey’s absence and brought the Spurs up by two with a sensational goal of his own.

As Partey departs the field, Arteta was seen pushing the midfielder back to the game but later admitted that his player’s pain must have been too much to handle.

"Thomas [Partey] is out, he's limping, he's in pain, he has to come off and we lost a man in that crucial transition moment," the Spaniard told Sky Sports. "He has to fall on the floor. I wanted him on the pitch, doing whatever he could for the team in that situation. No one expected him not to be in that position."

"That was probably because he was in a lot of pain,” he added. “There is nothing we can do at the moment to resolve that."

Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey
Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey POOL / Martin Rickett

Arsenal hasn’t been on its best form this season and is now 15th in the English Premier League standings after playing 11 games.

So far, Arteta’s side has only managed to win just one out of the last seven English top-flight games of the 2020-21 campaign.