Mikel Arteta was once again left frustrated as his team squandered a lead, to draw 1-1 with Sheffield United in the Premier League today.
The Gunners looked to be on course for all three points, but a late equaliser from John Fleck saw the spoils shared for a second successive week.
The Arsenal boss admitted his side needed to do more to make games secure, as a one goal lead is always precarious, but felt his side did enough to win.
“I’m very disappointed today,” he said.
“I think the performance deserved three points and I think we lost two points. In the Premier League, if you don’t put the game to bed then in the last 10 or 15 minutes this type of team just need a long ball, a second ball, a set-piece, and you can give the points away.”
Acknowledging there’s a ‘history’ of letting games slip in recent times, Arteta wouldn’t be drawn on what came before, only focusing on what he needs to do to improve the side.
“I don’t know what was done before,” he continued. “I think they tried to do the best possible thing.
:I inherited a team that was in a difficult situation and we’re trying to improve it as much as possible. I don’t know.
“In the second half, Sheffield United didn’t generate any efforts on goal – it’s just one long ball, a second ball and then someone put it top bins from an incredible angle.
“It’s difficult to control it.”
And at 1-0, it looked as if Arsenal should have had a penalty when Nicolas Pepe was fouled in the box.
“I think it’s very clear,” said the manager, but after a VAR review it was deemed not to be a spot kick. Sometimes you need some decisions to go your way to get out of a rut, and that obviously wasn’t the case today.