Following Sunday’s match, Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side still has some learning to do.
The Gunners gave up what seemed to be a comfortable victory over Celtic to only escape by their skin of the teeth in the end as they won the Emirates Cup.
Wenger’s men led 3-0 but a relaxed defensive approach by the team saw Neil Lennon’s side score two goals in quick succession and threaten what would have been an embarrassing 3-3 result.
This is only a day after the Gunners gave away the lead late in the 1-1 draw with AC Milan. Concession of late, unexpected goals – along with injuries – was primarily what cost Arsenal honours last season. And even though injuries did not seem to be a real problem this weekend, slack defending was.
Wenger is very much aware of that.
“I think it’s a positive weekend because we have no big injuries and played quite well, seen two new players and some good young players,”
“I think overall in the first half we controlled the game and yesterday and today you could see that physically and mentally we are not able to maintain the concentration for 90 minutes.
“In both games we suffered in the last 20. I believe it’s down to the fact that we work very hard and are not completely ready.”