Both Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta and midfielder Granit Xhaka had been left fuming with their defenders – particularly Gabriel Paulista and Cedric Soares – after Slavia Prague pinched a 1-1 draw on the Emirates within the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final.
The Gunners solely took the lead within the 86th minute of the match by means of Nicolas Pepe, however they couldn’t cling on as Tomas Holes equalised deep into stoppage time.
The equaliser got here from a nook which appeared avoidable, however Cedric Soares handed the ball again to Gabriel Paulista at centre-back, who mis-controlled it and put the ball out of play.
While it might have gone in opposition to Arsenal’s passing ethos to take action, Xhaka wished both man to simply do away with the ball given the clock was ticking down.
The Swiss midfielder was reported by Goal as screaming at teammates on the finish: ‘Just clear the fu**ing ball away man!’
Arteta didn’t identify names on the finish of the match however was clearly referring to the Cedric-Gabriel mix-up that price his aspect the win.
‘We played two or three balls in certain areas that we should not do,’ mentioned the Spaniard.
‘We put ourselves on the again foot, concede the nook and from there they put plenty of our bodies in there and something can occur.
‘Obviously it changes a lot the feeling after the game.’
Gunners legend Martin Keown felt that Gabriel confirmed panic in giving possession away, but in addition blamed the ‘atrocious’ marking on the ensuing nook.
Again it was Cedric who was at fault, permitting Holes to get to the ball first.
‘It’s gut-wrenching actually, you’d thought Arsenal had nearly executed sufficient,’ he mentioned. ‘They had good alternatives within the recreation.
‘They received the objective after making the adjustments, the substitutes gave Arsenal way more power
‘The marking for the nook is atrocious or non-existent.
‘Gabriel in the build up to that, there’s panic, a nervousness.
‘No clean sheets in 14 games now it showed tonight when they needed it most, to keep a clean sheet in the last 5 or 10 minutes, they just couldn’t do it.’
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