The North London club allowed a 1-0 lead to slip after Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis fired Swansea City to a 2-1 win at Liberty Stadium.
The former centre-half Keown felt the Gunners weren’t defensively organised, especially when facing a Swansea counter-attack.
According to BBC Sport, he said:
You have to prepare for the worst, otherwise you are not going to be ready when you lose possession.
That is something you don’t have to train at, it is a mindset you go on to the pitch with, and you have to have players who take responsibility at key times.
Even before Swansea’s equaliser, it was already a feature of Sunday’s game that Arsenal were being a little bit sloppy in possession.
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That could have been down to the wet conditions and torrential rain, but they were not keeping the ball like they normally do.
So, the key was not to run the risk of leaving themselves isolated and exposed at the back.
Arsenal did that for Swansea’s first goal, when there was a huge gap between their defence and midfield.
Everyone charging forward meant only Gibbs and the two centre-halves were in contact, which was criminal. They paid the price.
Injuries to key defensive players and a lack of squad depth have hampered the Gunners season to some extent. However, there are some fundamental problems in this team, as they simply don’t know how to defend and no one at the club seems to be able to teach them.
Wenger seemed powerless to help Arsenal protect a three-goal cushion against Anderlecht and unfortunately, it was much the same story at Swansea. The Welsh club’s equaliser also suggests that the team did not learn from the mistakes made in the Champions League.
They were repeatedly guilty of chasing a fourth goal against Anderlecht when they would have been better served to keep things tight and hold on to their lead and they made the same mistake again over the weekend, although it was just a one goal lead. The team seems to lack any sense of game management and some part of the responsibility for that has to lie with the manager.
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