The North London club broke the deadlock in the second half through Alexis Sanchez, who finished a sweeping counter-attacking move. However, Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled with a brilliant free-kick before substitute Bafetimbi Gomis netted a 78th-minute winner.
The French manager was frustrated to see his team waste a winning position and felt that a lack of bite in midfield was the reason for the loss.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
I think it’s difficult to explain how we lost the lead as we were in control and they didn’t give up. I thought we lost some decisive challenges in the middle of the park in the last 20 minutes and we paid for that costly and that’s where we lost the battle.
I worry that we conceded the goals.
(Before Swansea’s equaliser) I think we could win the game before that (Swansea’s equaliser), but after that… the free-kick was a great free-kick.
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We lost the ball, we were in control and you can never predict when you lose the ball.
We were not too much in trouble (in the first half) and I think we had the best chances, it was a very tactical game. I felt – at 1-0 up – we lacked some spark and killing instinct to win it.
The Gunners gave away a 3 goal lead against Anderlecht and unfortunately it was pretty much the same story at Swansea. In the midweek Arsenal were repeatedly guilty of chasing a fourth goal when they would have been better off in keeping things tight and holding on to their lead.
Against Swansea, they only had a one-goal lead and nevertheless, they continued to move up the pitch in numbers, leaving their defenders isolated. We lacked spark, urgency and ideas going forward and with a back-four as poor as ours, we are always going to concede goals.
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