Mikel Arteta declared himself ‘very upset’ with the way Arsenal switched off ahead of the Crystal Palace equaliser at Selhurst Park today.
The home side took advantage of a lack of awareness, feeding the ball down the wing and then into the box, which led to Ayew’s shot deflecting in off the underside of David Luiz.
It was a rare moment of danger from Palace who have been goal shy this season, and in his post-match press conference the manager’s frustration was still evident.
“At this level in the Premier League, if you switch off for two seconds, five seconds, you will concede a goal straight away,” he said.
“I’m going to have to find a way to try to avoid those situations. It happened today and it cost us two points.
“We completely switched off and allowed them to put the cross in. We turned and conceded the deflection, and I was very disappointed with that.”
However, Arteta was pleased with the response of his players after going down to 10 men following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s red card.
“That’s what I wanted to see from my team with 10 men,” he said.
“The reaction was really, really positive and they wanted to win the game. They went for it and we had three or four really good situations. We created the best chance with Nico and Laca.
“We were unlucky not to win the game.”