Mikel Arteta mocked by fan after Everton defeat

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Mikel Arteta's day went from bad to worse after he was accosted by an Everton fan following Arsenal's 3-0 defeat against the Toffees at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Spaniard had a day to forget against his former club, picking up a booking and scoring an own goal as Arsenal's top four hopes were dealt a serious blow on Merseyside.

There was more misery to come for the 32-year-old when he was accosted by an Everton fan wanting to take a photo at Liverpool Lime Street station after the game.

The man grabbed the Arsenal ace for the picture as he walked by while holding up three fingers to represent the scoreline - prompting Arteta to quickly shrug him off.

Arsenal leave Merseyside a point clear of Everton having played a game more with six games of the season remaining.

The Gunners were top of the table on New Year's Day, but have won just five of their last 13 Premier League fixtures - a run that has heaped the pressure on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Despite that, the Frenchman insists that he is still up for the job of delivering Arsenal to the Champions League for the 17th consecutive season.

I am absolutely 100 per cent determined to fight to make the top four but it will be difficult,' he said.

'We have still a programme that is feasible but we have to first focus on the quality of our performances before we dream of places.

'Let's get back to playing better than that. Our performance was not convincing, not defensively, not offensively.

'We had a lot of the ball and were not really dangerous. At the moment we lack a bit of confidence to be dangerous and lack penetration as well.

'You feel from outside that the penetration and incisiveness of our games is missing. Everton were better and deserved to win. It was a very disappointing result and a very disappointing performance.

"We have to regroup and get back to basics. 'The fight is very open and is depending not only on us. Everton are in a strong position but we have confronted that before and it is how we respond.'

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