Gunners star warns against conceding early
Mikel Arteta has warned Arsenal against going behind early on in games after their defeat to Norwich at the weekend.
The Gunners went behind in the match after 19 minutes when Grant Holt scored for the Canaries in Saturday’s upset, with Arsenal losing 1-0 at Carrow Road.
Notably, it was the fourth occasion over eight games in the Premier League that Arsenal have conceded the first goal.
Arteta admitted that it is tough for a team to come back if they go behind first.
“It’s not the first time we have conceded the first goal. It’s very difficult. If you go ahead it gives you a lift, the other team has to take risks and you can cause mistakes. You can’t get back into the game every time you fall behind. It’s a tough ask and we haven’t done it,” he said.
The 30-year-old Spaniard also talked about how the Gunners should have had more goal opportunities given the amount of possession they had.
“For the amount of ball we had in the game, we should have done more and created more scoring situations. We are down because we know how good we are and can be,” he added.
Arsène Wenger has also spoken out at how Arsenal should have made more of the possession they had.
“We had a lot of the ball, but did not create much with it, which was a disappointing performance for us. I felt we lacked a bit of sharpness. We missed what makes the success at the top level, that is complete focus and they were sharper than us,” the Gunners boss said.