Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was really happy with the result last night, but he was frustrated with the goal we conceded.
As it has been in almost every game over the last few weeks, we gifted a goal to Olympiacos and that could have proved to be extremely costly. Arsenal, thankfully, went on to score two more, but we have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot.
Our recent mistakes have all been avoidable ones. Arteta has made Arsenal a very difficult side to beat, but that goes out of the window when we start gifting goals like it’s candy to all our opponents.
Many people are beginning to claim that Arsenal are their own worst enemy at the moment. Arteta was quizzed about that last night and the Arsenal boss admitted that the statement is true.
He said, as per Arsenal.com: “Yeah, they are not far off. The goals or the chances that we have conceded are coming from ourselves. That is really positive because the moment we stop it we will be even stronger.
“But the reality is that we have to stop it immediately because if not the games are always there to drop points. But it is my responsibility, we make them play the way I want them to play.
“It is just understanding the risk and rewards, the balls we have to play and as I said before, when. We have to get better at that because if not, it creates tension and insecurity, and it creates belief in the opponent and it is unnecessary.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Without the silly individual errors we’ve committed since the turn of the year, Arsenal have been excellent. We’ve looked very good in attack and our defending, when we don’t do something stupid, has been brilliant as well.
Arteta needs to find a way to eliminate the silly errors that we’ve made a habit of committing in every single game. We did it against Leicester, we did it against Burnley and we did the exact same thing against Olympiacos last night as well.
If we can just correct that, Arsenal will become one of the strongest teams in the country, and that will take us one step closer to getting back to where we belong.