Shkodran Mustafi thought he’d grabbed a winner for Arsenal against Vitoria when he headed home our sole shot on target with 10 minutes remaining only for the home side to grab an equaliser a minute into stoppage time.
The Gunners remain top of Europa League Group F but a fourth consecutive game failing to hold onto a lead marks, coupled with our lack of creativity up front, makes for a worrying trend.
After the 1-1 draw, the German admitted that Arsenal need to be more calm, intelligent and efficient on the ball.
“I think we had a lot of possession and we controlled the game, but then we let them come back at us on the counter-attack through some sloppy passing,” he told Arsenal.com.
“In the second half, we came out better, had better passing and were playing forward a lot more. I think we need to stay calmer in the final third to finish our chances off.
“We managed to not concede before we scored, but then, unfortunately, they got an equaliser. We could have dealt with it better but in the end we have to accept the draw.”
Asked about Arsenal’s inability to close out the game, Mustafi seemed to accept that the Gunners lost control in the final stages.
He reflected: “I would love for them to not have scored in the 90th minute, but when you score a goal and still have time to play against a team like the one we played, they throw everything up front.
“Sometimes it’s not organised any more, they throw a lot of bodies in the box, they keep crossing. We could have done better but in the end we have to accept it and take the point with us.
“I think we could have dealt a little better with it instead of letting them cross into the box again. In the end, you have to accept it, move forward and take the positive things into the next game.”
Arsenal started the game with youngsters Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli leading the line alongside record-signing Nicolas Pepe.
They often looked isolated as the midfield vacated the centre of the park to pick the ball up deep and feed Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, deployed for the first time this season as wing-backs in a 3-5-2 system.
The players looked unfamiliar with what they were supposed to be doing. Mustafi admitted that the attack looked disjointed.
“We didn’t play the first half as we wanted and in the second half we were better with our rhythm and passing, but no we just need to stay calm,” he said.
“Everyone wants to show a lot and give everything but sometimes when you are overly motivated, it’s difficult to play your game.
“We just need to play our game, stay calm and then in the final third try to be a bit more intelligent and efficient in our passing.”