Sokratis Papastathopoulos says that Arsenal made it too easy for Chelsea in yesterday’s 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge, but also bemoaned the fact the Gunners missed so many good chances in the first half.
The trajectory of the game may well have changed had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 1-1 in the 19th minute, instead 60 seconds later we were 2-0 down after poor defending allowed Alvaro Morata to double the lead.
The defensive lapses were obvious though, it’s something that will trouble boss Unai Emery, and the Greek international pulled no punches in his post-game assessment.
“We didn’t defend very well in the first half, all the team,” he said. “It was too easy for them to come into our half and score.
“After that, we started to play better, we pressed better, won a lot of balls in midfield and had chances. We had to score more because in the end we lost the game.
“We have to improve in the next game. We need to improve our work, how we defend, how we attack.
“We have to score from the chances we create and we have to look at taking those points into our next game.”
Teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan tried to find the positives, suggesting the team would learn from their lapses in concentration – something he was guilty of in the build-up to the first Chelsea goal.
“There is no success without making mistakes,” said the Armenian. “Obviously we have to play and we have to try.
“If we try, we can do whatever we plan to do. If we don’t try, then we’re not going to play football. That’s why we had lots of mistakes, because we’re trying.
“I’m pretty sure that in the next games we’ll have better results and play better football.”