Mikel Arteta admits he is worried by Arsenal’s ‘two faces’ shown in thrilling 3-3 comeback draw with West Ham… as Alexandre Lacazette says team ‘didn’t respect’ manager’s plans
- Mikel Arteta was troubled by Arsenal’s start in their 3-3 draw with West Ham
- The Gunners came back from three goals down after starting in terrible fashion
- The Arsenal manager revealed his side’s inconsistencies keep him up at night
- Alexandre Lacazette scored the equaliser but admitted Gunners must improve
Mikel Arteta admitted his ‘two-faced’ team are keeping him awake at night after they offered a blend of awful and sublime football in their 3-3 draw at West Ham.
Arsenal were 3-0 down inside 32 minutes before staging a stunning recovery in the thriller at the London Stadium.
However, Arteta was exasperated that his side is still capable of such fluctuating performances, saying: ‘This game is going to give me a few nightmares because it is really difficult to stop some of the things we have been doing to hurt ourselves.
Mikel Arteta admitted Arsenal’s ‘two faces’ worry him after a chaotic 3-3 draw with West Ham
The Arsenal boss said their start was unacceptable as they went 3-0 down inside 35 minutes
‘I’m very disappointed because I cannot accept my team playing the way we did for certain periods in the first half. What I expect is for the team to play to the level we showed afterwards – we should have scored six or seven.
‘We have two faces. The first face is about giving goals to the opponent and not doing what we have to do and it is not good enough. That keeps me awake.’
Citing the strikes from Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek, the latter two after defensive errors, Arteta added: ‘The first goal (from Lingard) can happen – there are good combinations and players in the box and it can happen but the second goal was unacceptable and the third goal was unacceptable. Then we give them one more and they hit the post (via Michail Antonio when West Ham were 3-2 ahead).
‘It is too much, the margins, then you have to score six every game.
But Arteta took positives from the comeback and believes his side deserved all three points
‘But for the rest – the attitude and desire, the togetherness we showed – when it is 3-0 it is difficult to do what we have to do, but I have no doubts because every day I see the energy.
‘I am worried by the levels we can show within a game.’
The game was turned by another excellent performance from loanee Martin Odegaard. Arteta said: ‘He has shown from week one with the way he stepped on the pitch and wants the ball that he has been really influential. I have been surprised because he looks shy and humble but on that pitch he is a real character.’
The Arsenal manager revealed he has been surprised by Odegaard’s character on the pitch
Lacazette led the Arsenal frontline impressively as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to the wing, and it was his shot that deflected off Soucek for the Arsenal opener.
And while the Frenchman was disappointed not to be awarded the first goal, he was full of praise for Calum Chambers at right back, who crossed the ball for Lacazette’s deflected effort before also sending in the cross that Craig Dawson diverted into his own net.
‘I think the first goal is mine!’ Lacazette joked. ‘My feeling is mixed. Proud of my team’s comeback, disappointed with the first half.
‘We didn’t respect the gameplan from the coach. This is not what we wanted – we had the pressure because we knew it was a big game.
Alexandre Lacazette was involved in two of the Arsenal goals including netting the equaliser
‘Calum Chambers deserves a lot of credit. He came back from a big injury, he’s worked a lot in training, individually. He’s shown he deserves to play for Arsenal and I’m really happy for him.
‘It’s really complicated when we do these kind of first halves, so we need to work a lot before the end of the season.’
West Ham lost momentum in their push for the top four, but David Moyes was measured in his assessment. He said: ‘We played really well for 30 minutes, maybe as well as we have played for a while. We are disappointed we didn’t take all three, but we challenged until the end.
‘We played a good team who have been on good form. We didn’t allow them to show it most of the first half but in the second we struggled to hang in there.
‘We have made sure we keep going. We are keeping the dream alive. We are coming away disappointed with a draw against Arsenal.’
David Moyes was still able to take some positives despite West Ham letting their lead slip