Calum Chambers says Arsenal were disappointed to leave the London Stadium without a win despite falling three goals behind to West Ham.
The Gunners looked dead and buried when Tomas Soucek scored his side’s third goal on 32 minutes only for the Czech international to inadvertently spark a comeback when he deflected Alex Lacazette’s effort past Lukasz Fabianski six minutes later.
In the second half, Arsenal, spurred by impressive performances by Chambers and Martin Odegaard, completed the comeback as Craig Dawson put through his own net and Alex Lacazette headed a late leveller after Michail Antonio had hit the post.
It was a roller-coaster afternoon, one that summed up the worst and best of Mikel Arteta’s side.
“We weren’t at it,” reflected Chambers. “We were slow, we were sloppy, we weren’t picking up players. The first-half was poor and that can’t happen at a club like Arsenal. We know that.
“It was unacceptable, as I said before. But as I said, the boys showed a good reaction in the second half. To be honest, with the pressure we put them under in the second half, we could have gone and won the game.
“We have all come in a bit disappointed we haven’t [won]. So that just shows the level we can be at and the level we need to be at. We killed ourselves in the first-half by conceding three goals.
“I believe the pressure we put them under in the second half, and with the chances we created, we could have scored another one or two maybe.
“However, if you concede three goals in the Premier League, you don’t deserve to win. So, it is one of those. That can’t happen and it needs to be the second-half [performance] for the whole game.”
Thomas Partey was similarly frustrated at the Gunners failure to get to grips with the tempo of the game from the off. The Ghanaian was one of a number of Arsenal players caught out for the second goal as Jesse Lindgard set up Jarod Bowen while the visitors turned their backs on his quick free-kick.
“I think we could have done better from the beginning,” he told Arsenal.com. “They dominated from the beginning and we were completely lost.
“I think they came out very strong. They overloaded us on the outside and they are strong with crossing. We allowed them too much time with the crossing and that hurt us a lot. Second half, we made sure we blocked all the crosses. From there we started to dominate.
“We stuck to our plan. We know how to hurt them, we went all-out and everybody was fighting as a team. I think the spirit was high after we conceded three goals. From there, we started to give our all. But we have to start as we ended, in both halves.
“I think we have to learn from all these mistakes, we have to know when we have to go out strong, when we have to dominate from the beginning. It’s important in the Premier League to start winning from the beginning to be in the top. You have to start good and end well.”
While the Gunners climbed to ninth in the table, the two dropped points certainly damage our chances of qualifying for Europe via the league.
When the players return from the Interlull, we face Liverpool at the Emirates. The Reds are currently four points above us in the table.