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Arteta accepts blame for Arsenal's League Cup exit at West Ham

Mikel Arteta takes blame for Arsenal's 3-1 Carabao Cup defeat against West Ham, ending Declan Rice's return to the London Stadium.

In a painful defeat for Arsenal, Mikel Arteta took full responsibility for their 3-1 loss to West Ham in the Carabao Cup. Arteta made six changes to his starting lineup, including putting Declan Rice on the bench for his return to his former club. However, the Hammers proved to be too much for the Gunners, with Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen scoring after an early own goal by Ben White. Arteta expressed his disappointment, acknowledging that the team wanted to play a different game and compete. He took the blame for the loss and emphasized the need to use the pain of defeat to prepare for their upcoming match against Newcastle.

The match started with West Ham taking the lead in the 15th minute when Bowen's corner was accidentally headed into the net by White. The Hammers extended their lead in the 50th minute when Kudus received a long ball into the box and scored a low shot through the legs of Gabriel. Rice, who was the only goalscorer the last time West Ham beat Arsenal, received a mixed reception from the fans when he came on as a substitute. However, before he could make an impact, Bowen scored again for West Ham, securing their victory with a deflected shot.

Despite a consolation goal from Martin Odegaard in the final moments of the match, it was West Ham's night as they advanced to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. Manager David Moyes praised his team's solid performance, highlighting their defensive strength and the job done by their forward players. He expressed his desire to be a successful league team but acknowledged the importance of performing well in cup competitions.

Overall, it was a disappointing result for Arsenal, but Arteta's willingness to take responsibility demonstrates his commitment to the team's success. The loss serves as a learning opportunity for the Gunners, who will need to regroup and prepare for their upcoming matches. Meanwhile, West Ham can celebrate their victory and look forward to the next round of the Carabao Cup.

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