It is now 2 games in a row that Arsenal have lost a lead and thrown the game away, only this time they completed the job by losing all 3 points. In a 3 minute horror show, Arsene Wenger’s team gave away 2 goals to Swansea and ended up losing a game that they should have won, having taken the lead in the 63rd minute via another goal from Alexis Sanchez. Afterwards, Wenger said he wasn’t concerned about the gap to the top and was more worried about the way his team are conceding goals.
He said, “At the moment we have different worries than that [losing ground in the title race]. We just lost a game that we feel we shouldn’t have lost. We have to live in a realistic world, in football you have to win the games you can win and today was one. If you want to challenge for the Premier League, you have to be a bit more realistic than we were today.
“We had the lead, it’s difficult to explain how we lost the lead because we were in control. You could see that they didn’t give up and I felt we lost some decisive challenges in the middle of the park in the last 20 minutes and we paid for that. That’s where we lost the battle.
“We were not in too much trouble and we had the best chances. It’s a place where it’s always tight, it was a very tactical game and I felt when we were 1-0 up we lacked some spark and killer instinct to win it. They didn’t give up and we couldn’t get the second goal.”
Stand-in captain, in the absence of the injured Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker once again reiterated the need for the team to cut out silly mistakes.
He said, “The game was completely in our hands. But then we have to play serious football and not make mistakes.
“Anderlecht came back at 3-0 and Swansea came back today from one goal. We have potential, but unless we play serious football any team can punish us.
“We have to play simple. We think we can do some difficult things, but we need to keep possession. After such a setback as Anderlecht we normally bounce back straight away, but we didn’t. We need to work hard on the issues now.”
With the international break now on, Wenger will have enough time to ponder on his tactics, with his team set to face Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund next.