Petr Cech admits that Arsenal should have put Manchester City under more pressure when the score was at 2-1 on Sunday.
While Cech believes that Michael Olivier not ruling out City’s offside goal in the second half on Sunday made a difference, Arsenal should have been putting more pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side when they were only 2-1 down.
Arsenal’s first half against City was pretty mediocre and they could have been two or three goals down instead of just one at the break. However, in the second half, especially after Alexandre Lacazette was finally introduced, the Gunners looked stronger. They scored and could have equalised if they had pushed on.
However, the wrongly allowed offside goal from Gabriel Jesus knocked them off their stride and they appeared to give up. In fact, after City’s third in the 78th minute, the Gunners didn’t even attempt a single shot. Neither did Pep’s team but they didn’t exactly need to.
That’s the issue with this Arsenal side’s mentality. Obviously it must be gutting to go 3-1 behind when you’ve been trying so hard, especially to goal that shouldn’t have stood. But professional athletes need to harness that and use that frustration to push even harder, not crawl back under their rocks. At the very least, LOOK as if you’re trying.
No one appears to care about winning anymore. It’s as if we’re a mid-table team that know we’ll never beat City, so don’t bother to waste our energy.