Martin Odegaard says Arsenal were afraid to press home their advantage after taking a 1-0 lead against Everton at Goodison Park last night.
The Norwegian scored a lovely goal just before half-time, but in the second period the Gunners couldn’t find a way to score more against a struggling Toffees’ side, before two late goals condemned us to a 2-1 defeat.
Asked afterwards if he thought it was a mindset problem, he said, “I think it is. When you’re leading 1-0 you get afraid to lose the win and in my opinion that’s what we did wrong today.
“You go for the second goal and that was the intention, but we didn’t manage to do that on the pitch.”
“It’s very disappointing. I think it’s a game we should win or at least get a point. It’s not our best game but still they they gave us so much space to play.
“I think in my opinion we stopped doing what we had to do. We stopped playing football after after we got the lead, especially in the second half. We just kicked the ball long and and gave them the game they want to play.
“We have to keep keep the ball better.”
Odegaard rejected the notion that there’s a problem with away games, despite this being our third successive loss on the road, focusing instead on the need to be more consistent throughout each match.
“Of course there’s there’s a difference but I don’t feel like that’s that’s the problem,” he said.
“I think we showed periods today that we can we can control and dominate the game, and also the last game against Man Inited we did the same in periods ,but we have to we have to do it for 90 minutes.
“And yeah, it wasn’t wasn’t good enough today.”