Arsène Wenger’s men don’t have any excuses left for their performance on Saturday. Even when down to 10 men they should never have let a 4 goal lead slip. Any other team would have parked the bus and spent the second half booting the ball out of their own half. And there is no shame in doing that.
Unlikely comebacks aren’t that unlikely, especially this season and especially with Arsenal. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a side score early on, only to become complacent and lose grip on the game. Or a side go down to ten men and work themselves into the ground in order to win. This is football and it only takes seconds to score a goal, games can change just like that.
But even if Arsenal players have not watched these kinds of games they now have several first hand experiences for themselves. Last season it was Wigan that overturned a 2-0 lead, then it was Tottenham. These kinds of results can’t be described as unlikely any more. This is football, anything can happen.
As Viera said you have to concentrate from the kick off until the referee blows the final whistle. The players have only themselves to blame for throwing away 2 points that could prove to be vital at the end of the season. They aren’t inexperience any more. This particular kind of experience has come several times now.
Will the Arsenal players learn their lessons this time and improve their concentration from start to finish? It may already be too late for this season.