Following the conclusion of the match, in which Arsenal emerged victorious by a score of 3-1, so reducing the gap between them and the top of the Premier League to two points, Van Dijk said it was his mistake.
The disastrous sequence comprised an own goal scored by Gabriel just before halftime, an opening goal scored by Bukayo Saka, and a defensive failure in the second half that allowed Arsenal to reclaim the advantage.
Because Van Dijk was attempting to block Gabriel Martinelli, he allowed the ball to bounce, which opened the door for the Arsenal striker to take advantage of.
When Van Dijk reflected on the situation, he acknowledged the discomfort it gave him and recognized that he had made a mistake by failing to clear the ball as quickly as he should have. By saying, “I should have done better and made a better decision, and it hurts,” he acknowledged that he was fully responsible for the situation.
First and foremost for me, but also for the rest of the team. It marked a significant turning point.
Van Dijk declared his intention to rehabilitate and make certain that mistakes of this nature do not occur again.
He also emphasized the importance of accountability and his dedication to preventing errors in the future.