Arsenal players were not happy with the outcome with Watford. It was a lousy beginning indeed as they were literally giving goals to the opposition. But, who is to blame? The players are criticizing Unai Emery’s tactics and approach for their poor start to the season.
Arsenal had dominated the game on Sunday in the first half of the match accumulating a two-goal lead, but during the second round, defensive errors left them hanging on for a point by the end. Midfielder Granit Xhaka admitted the players were “scared” during the second half.
Arsenal gifted Watford a way back into the game with an awful error attempting to play the ball out from the back. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno passed to Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who stood next to him but immediately gave the shot away before Tom Cleverley punished him for the error.
Aubameyang told French TV station Canal Plus that he felt like they were literarily giving goals to the opposition, but he was not blaming anyone for the fault. He added that it was a shame to concede goals as they did.
Leno claimed the team was too open, the goalkeeper having faced 31 shots in the match. David Luiz conceded a penalty for Watford’s second which led to the draw.
Besides, Leno said that the distances between all the different parts of the team also led to the draw. He argues that they were too big and in the second half Watford had so much space and it was too easy for them, that they could play around arsenal’s box.