Despite Danny Welbeck’s flurry of goals in the 4-1 victory over Galatarasay, the night did not end as comfortably as it started for Arsenal.
In attack, a fluid performance from the Gunners did the job of brushing the Turkish outfit aside but a shaky effort in defense nearly caused an embarrassment on Wednesday.
Arsenal were deserved winners in the end as they recorded their first win of this season’s Champions League group stage, but Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side has some learning to do when they lose the ball.
Welbeck’s hat-trick and Sanchez’s goal saw Arsenal 4-0 ahead well before the hour mark but a slip-up at the back saw them go down to ten men after Szczesny’s attempt to clean up a Galatasary threat went wrong.
“We lost the ball, an unnecessary mistake in our own half, and after that it was a through ball. I saw him (Szczesny) coming out and I thought he may have read the situation well. He tried to come out and was fraction late so he conceded the penalty. It can happen.” Wenger said
“I think the fact is that we’re more guilty of losing the ball in our own half – it can be dangerous and we didn’t defend too well on that front.”
Indeed, substitute goalkeeper David Ospina was called upon to make super saves in a nervy final 30 minutes of the match as Galatasaray plotted an unlikely comeback.