Arsenal manager Pedro Losa said his players forgot about defending, after the side lost 5-2 to Manchester City in their second WSL match of the season.
The Gunners seemed to be doing relatively well for most of the game, making it to almost 70 minutes still level at 2-2. However, pushing on to try and find the winner, Arsenal ended up collapsing at the back and conceding three in under 10 minutes to lose the game.
Losa said after the game (via Islington Gazette): “We had a chance to go in front when Jordan Nobbs hit the bar, we were thinking about winning and maybe forgot about defending better. We gave them too much space and they scored the third goal with one of their chances, it become tough for our girls after that.
“We have to compete better, it’s not about having good possession it’s about competing in every action with the opponents, and Manchester City competed better.”
Arsenal were lucky to turn their first WSL match round in the final 10 minutes against Birmingham, and against Manchester City leaving it late to try and get a winner cost them badly.
The Gunners will need to do better in their next match against Bristol City Women, back at Meadow Park on Sunday 8 October.
Any team hoping to compete at the top will need to do better than conceding an average of 3.5 goals per game, so a clean sheet against Bristol City would be a good start, and give the team something to build on.
Meanwhile, Danielle van de Donk will hopefully be able to recover quickly from her knock in the first-half of the City match, as she was withdrawn at half-time to prevent any further damage.