Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said his team had no luck in their devastating 2-1 defeat to Everton on Saturday’s Premier League game.

This is now Arsenal’s eight defeat in Premier League which leave the Gunners with five points above relegation.

Everton who are now second on the league table struck the decisive blow when Yerry Mina headed a perfect shot from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s corner at half time.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his side fell short in their efforts to earn a point, Arteta said: “Without conceding much we lost the game on two key moments. We reacted really well and we dominated the game. We created enough chances at least to not lose – we hit the bar so we don’t have the luck.

“We are in a big fight. We lost against Burnley without them having a shot on target, and now we lose because of a couple of chances.

“It’s really difficult when you play a team who are defending low and wasting time. We make it difficult for ourselves conceding the first goal.

“I think we had 15 shots but only two on target. We need to improve our rate, that’s the reality. We need to generate more to win football matches. When it comes to small details, the other team wants it more.

“The boys are absolutely still fighting. They’re hurt right now.”

He then said in his post-match press conference: “I understand [the scrutiny] but my energy and focus is only on getting the team out of the situation. The spirit and fight the boys show every time they go on the pitch you can see, you cannot deny that.

“Against the results there is no question it is not good enough and not acceptable for the standards of this football club. Obviously it is a really complicated situation but I am very encouraged from what I see from the players who to try to continue what they are doing.

“We have to improve but as well I think we have been very unlucky not to pick up many more points. We have done well in the Europa League and in the cups but struggled to get results in the Premier League.

“The reason we are losing matches is because the margins are so small but we need [to change] those margins quickly before the situation becomes impossible.”