Arsenal boss reveals that his team’s loss to current league leaders in Saturday’s early afternoon kickoff was due to counter attacking football and the red card shown to Kieran Gibbs.
The Gunners were comprehensively beaten by Mourinho’s team in last Saturday’s crucial league match. In a match that saw Kieran Gibbs given the matching order in a case of mistaken identity; the Gunners were already 2 goals down in the first 15 minutes.
The manager has been trying to explain possible reasons why his boys lost in a manner that is gradually becoming a regular thing this season. In a match played a couple of weeks back, the Gunners were already in deep waters in the first 19 minutes when they played against Liverpool. That match eventually ended 5-1 against the Gunners, after they conceded 4 goals in the first half.
In an interview he granted Arsenal Press Office yesterday evening, the boss had this to say:
“Well we are intelligent enough and care enough about the Club to of course be disappointed with our performance. It looked like we missed the start of our game and were caught on the counter attack – We were caught on the break. After that of course the game became very long because down to ten men.”
There is no doubt about the fact that these are worrying times for a manager who marked his 1,000th game in charge of the team last Saturday. Things cannot be allowed to continue the way they are; and the boss knows this. Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn on Sunday in a program on Talksport Radio explained what went on in the dressing room after the match. He revealed that the boss held a “showdown” talk with the players; expressing his disappointment with the way things panned out.
“Liverpool, yes. The common thing was that it was a 12.45 game and twice we were caught at the start of the game. We think about that and at the moment there’s no rational explanation other than the quality of our opponents and that we were caught at the start of the game. Why? We don’t really know,” the Gunners boss said.
Of course, we were already 2 goals down in the first 15 minutes of the match; but who knew what could have happened had Andre Marriner not sent out Gibbs?
I guess we may have to wait to see how the boys react to the embarrassing display they put up in the match last Saturday. Today’s match against Swansea offers the team a big opportunity to respond, and possibly turn their season around before they face Man City on Saturday.