16 Sep Arsenal Information: ‘We have been too scared’ – Xhaka blasts Arsenal second-half collapse in opposition to Watford
The Gunners allowed a two-goal result in slip away in opposition to the winless Hornets, and the midfielder blamed his team’s mentality
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka conceded he and his team-mates have been ‘scared’ within the second half of their Premier League conflict with Watford on Sunday, permitting the Hornets to battle again for a 2-2 draw.
The Gunners took a two-goal lead within the first half because of a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the second an excellent team objective , with the Gabon worldwide capping off a 20-pass transfer.
Two defensive errors within the second interval led to Watford pulling stage and ultimately gaining a share of the spoils.
A calamitous cross by Sokratis Papastathopoulos after a objective kick was intercepted by Gerard Deulofeu permitting Tom Cleverley to fit house. David Luiz then gave away a penalty which Roberto Pereyra scored with lower than 10 minutes remaining.
Xhaka was trustworthy about his team’s efficiency after the match, saying the Gunners have been upset, and had been punished for being ‘scared’.
“We’re very upset, we had a superb first half after which we got here out and performed so unhealthy within the second half,” he stated to BBC Sport. “We paid for that.
“We knew they’d nothing to lose and they’d come for us however we did not present our recreation, we have been too scared, no person needed the ball.”
Watford had solely gained one level within the Premier League earlier than the sport with Arsenal, a begin that led to them changing supervisor Javi Gracia with Quique Sanchez Flores for a second spell on the helm.
And Arsenal supervisor Unai Emery was additionally harsh in his evaluation of the Gunners’ efficiency, admitting his aspect dropped factors regardless of grabbing a draw away from house.
“When you find yourself attempting to interrupt their traces you may have possibilities,” he informed BBC Sport . “They received the second half and my abstract is it isn’t a superb level.”
“We have to proceed working. After we tried to play the lengthy ball we misplaced the ball as effectively.”
Emery stated that Watford performed to drive errors from the Gunners, and conceded his team had struggled with the bodily nature of their opponents.
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“They pushed us. Watford final yr performed like right now,” he stated.
“We have been up within the first half and we knew that we wanted to attain the third. They’d the capability to return again with the supporters and that is what occurred.
“We could not break their urgent within the second half. They’re bodily, a really sturdy team. They pushed for our errors, they have been taking part in for our errors.”