Petr Cech has urged his Arsenal teammates to switch on from the first whistle after two sloppy starts contributed to the Gunners dropping 5 points in their last two games.
Mistakes cost us against Man Utd last week, and another dismal opening against Southampton on Sunday meant that we were always playing catch-up and had to rely on a late goal from Olivier Giroud to secure a 1-1 draw.
The former Czech international played a key role in ensuring the Saints didn’t score again, and wants to see improvement in the opening stages.
“One thing that is really gutting is that we lost the game against Man United in the first 10 minutes,” he said.
“We could have been 3-0 down after 10 minutes again, and I think this is something we need to improve because in this league, if you give other teams the advantage in the first five minutes, you make it far more difficult for yourselves.
“We were lucky to get a point, even if we deserved to get one in the end, because we put them under pressure.
“But we wanted all three.”
Another poor performance away from home was hardly ideal preparation for a trip to the London stadium to face West Ham on Wednesday. They might not be in great form, but similar errors will prove costly.