Napoli star: We are 'bitter', but Arsenal were 'great', takes dig at Manchester City?

Former West Ham man Valon Behrami has been talking about his loss with Napoli at the hands of Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Napoli's visit to the Emirates is not one they will remember fondly. Given their early capitulation to a Mesut Ozil inspired Arsenal side, they have been facing accusations in their homeland of Italy about being a one-man team.

The injury to star striker Gonzalo Higuain stunted their attacking gameplan, and though he is back this weekend, the loss has caused much reflection among players and management.

One of their senior players, Valon Behrami, has been discussing the loss, and had some complimentary words for Arsene Wenger's men.

In doing so he had a dig at teams who 'spend lots of money' and end up losing, a possible dig at Manchester City perhaps?

Here's what the former Hammer had to say: "At the moment nothing has changed. We lost to a great team and we are (too), we also saw yesterday that there are teams that spend millions and millions and then end in defeat."

The teams who lost in the Champions League on Wednesday, to which Behrami was referring include Viktoria Plzen, Benfica, FC Copenhagen, Anderlecht, Real Sociedad, and Manchester City. Guess which one he is referring to from those seven.

He continued: "I think it's normal to suffer against a very strong team in away games. Bitterness for the defeat is there, but we are not worried.

"Fixtures must teach (us) something and we must relate the game to understand where we went wrong and not repeat certain errors in the future. If you repeat them, (it's) to say that we did not understand anything."

Napoli, second, face Serie A's eighth placed side Livorno at the weekend. Gonzalo Higuain is back for that one it is hoped, so Behrami and co may not really get a chance to practice if they have really learned anything until they are forced to go without him once again.

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