Mikel Arteta refused to blame fatigue and instead pointed the finger at a lack of concentration as Arsenal surrendered a one-goal half time advantage to draw with Southampton.
Playing the seventh game of a hectic October schedule, the Gunners looked leggy in the second half at Saint Mary’s after a very bright start.
Given the chances they created, Arteta said his side should have won before standards dropped.
“I think we stopped doing all the simple things right,” he told his post-game press conference.
“The distances on the ball positions were too far, we gave too many simple balls away in very dangerous areas without much pressure, and that didn’t allow us much continuity like we had in the first half.
“Then you are more tired because the game becomes more open and there are more transitions, and you are fatigued. I think again we finished the game on top of them and we tried to go for the second goal, but we didn’t find a way to do it.
Of the result, he added: “No complaints. This is football. We were really good in the first half and totally controlled the game. We created loads of big chances that we didn’t put away.
“In the Premier League, unfortunately, if you don’t do that when you are top of the game, you can have some difficulties.
“In the second half, we put ourselves in problems with the amount of giveaways that we had, especially with ball possession, and that didn’t allow us to control the game the way we wanted.”
Having spoken bullishly earlier in the week about his players needing to be prepared to play regularly and at a high standard, Arteta dismissed talk of a lack of squad depth.
“We have the same that we had a month ago, two days ago and the same as what we’re going to have next week. I don’t like to have any excuses.
“In the second half, we could have played much better, and we could have won much more comfortably than we did, and it’s completely down to us. I think the team looked really fresh at the start. I put it more down to the way we played. We should have played better in the second half.”
Arteta was also asked if striker Gabriel Jesus was disappointed to miss three favourable opportunities to seal the points.
“I’m sure today he will be disappointed because he had the chances to put them away,” he answered.
“Knowing Gabi, he’s disappointed when he scores two goals and could have scored three or four, so he can do that. But he has the chances, and he’s always there. He gives so much to the team, and it’s a shame he couldn’t put them away today.”