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Mikel Arteta offers explanation for why Arsenal keep conceding late goals

Mikel Arteta reckons fatigue or a lack of concentration is the reason that Arsenal have conceded a late goal in their last two matches.

The Gunners looked set for a point in the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday, after Alexandre Lacazette and Son Heung-min traded first-half goals.

But Toby Alderweireld rose highest to nod in Son’s 81st minute corner to see Spurs leapfrog Arsenal into eighth in the Premier League.

That late sucker-punch came five days after Jamie Vardy had swept in an 84th minute equaliser for Leicester at the Emirates.

And after those two late goals to drop points, both having been in a winning position, Arteta has looked into why it keeps happening.


“It could be fatigue,” Arteta said. “We have some moments when it wasn’t about that, it was about attention, individual errors or sometimes the opponent pushes you in the final 10 minutes.

“There have been various things that have cost us games. Sometimes errors, sometimes game management. The margin is a lot, at the moment we have to improve.

“The first goal in a big game is so important and to give it away effects [us]. In the second half we modified a few things and attacked better but we conceded.

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“Individual errors are mentally tough. It effects the whole mood. We came back in the second half but in one isolated action we conceded the set piece and we need to learn. I’m sure we can get there and I’m sorry for the fans. We know how much it means to them.”

“We can do more and exploit spaces better than we done. To attack 10 players all the time, it’s not easy.”



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