Mikel Arteta admits he is ‘worried’ about Arsenal’s erratic performances within games after West Ham draw

Arteta's side were guilty of switching off defensively
Arteta’s side were guilty of switching off defensively (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s varying performance levels within games is worrying after they had to fight back from three goals down to earn a 3-3 draw with West Ham on Sunday.

Goals from Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek inside 32 minutes saw the Gunners have to mount a spirited comeback at the London Stadium to come away with a hard-fought draw.

Arteta’s side were sloppy for the first 35 minutes but picked up their game and own goals from Soucek and Craig Dawson followed by an 82nd-minute header by Alexandre Lacazette rescued a point.

Lacazette's header rescued a point for the Gunners
Lacazette’s header rescued a point for the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)

With the Gunners in ninth place in the table and nine points off the top-four places, Arteta admitted his team’s inconsistent performances, even within games, have left him ‘worried’.

‘The first half an hour was really disappointing, we weren’t at the races,’ Arteta said.

‘We conceded a goal that they have the quality and the ability to do that perfectly, but we didn’t win enough challenges, enough duels, we were too stretched as a team, not enough urgency, and we showed that with the other two goals that we conceded that were completely unacceptable.

‘Then after that for the next 60 minutes we probably played the best that I have seen us play against very tough conditions when any team could collapse and start to blame each other and have bad body language and concede four, five or six.

‘We did completely the opposite, we reunited, we did exactly what we had to do and we got better and better. Its a shame because looking at the chances, we should have scored six or seven.

‘Now I’m not worried about the culture because we’ve come so far on that and I’ve seen so many positive things to be consequent with what I’m saying.

‘Today was one of those, again, because I’ve seen that before with completely different reactions with each other as a team and with the energy, the belief and the togetherness today, I am not worried about that.

‘I am worried with the levels that we can show within a game and I think that’s where we are still far from the top teams.’

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