The North London club appeared on course for a third successive Premier League victory after Alexis Sanchez had broken the deadlock in the 63rd minute. However Sigurdsson levelled with a brilliant free-kick before Bafetimbi Gomis scored with his first touch of the game to seal the three points for the hosts.
The German international was critical of the mistakes in the final 15 minutes and admitted that the problms are worse than he thought.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
The game was completely in our hands, especially in the second half when we scored. Then we have to play serious football and not lose the ball but they got us on the break, and that’s completely unbelievable in our situation.
We have to play simple, even if we are 1-0 up – even more then. We played through the middle… but we need to keep possession and keep patient, something that we did all the way through until the 60th minute and we had the game in our hands completely. That’s what I mean by serious football.
When you get such a result [like against Anderlecht] normally you come back quickly and after such a setback normally we bounce back immediately. Today that was not the game and we have to take the break now really seriously and work hard on the issues.
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We have the potential and we have to extend 60 minutes [of performance] to 90 minutes, that’s not a big issue.We played our game for 60 minutes with patience, seriously and they didn’t have a proper chance. Then we scored and we thought we didn’t need to keep possession or patience, and then we struggled. That was our fault and we did the same on Wednesday. We have to think about it quickly.
We have good ideas on how we can extend the good 60 minutes into 90 minutes. It’s absolutely necessary in the next couple of weeks. We struggled a bit but we have great potential and you can see that.
Now we have some time to think about the few issues that cause trouble because we made mistakes in areas we have to avoid.
Arsenal got themselves into a solid position against Swansea and then collapsed again like they did midweek. The performance seemed to be quite solid until midway through the second half, when quite simply we went in search of a goal we didn’t need and ran out of legs with which to chase back.
The Gunners have now failed to win after taking the lead in 6 of their 18 games so far this season, the same number of times this happened in all of the 58 games last year. The season seems to be heading towards a disaster for Arsenal and something has to change if they are to challenge for the top four.
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