Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain criticises Arsenal defending

The Arsenal midfielder was left unimpressed by the Gunners' defending after Anderlecht's second-half fightback

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has criticised Arsenal for their sloppy defending after the Gunners squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Anderlecht on Tuesday night.

The north London side appeared to be cruising into the last 16 of the Champions League thanks to goals from Mikel Arteta, Alexis Sanchez, and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

They were simple goals, we need to stop crosses

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

But a second-half fightback from the Belgian side at The Emirates stunned Arsene Wenger’s men and left them needing point from their remaining two games to progress to the next round.

“The goals were disappointing that we conceded, they were goals that we would liked to have been able to stop at source,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“They were simple goals, we need to stop crosses. We failed to do that and to be fair they managed to put some good balls in and get on the end of them.

“It is hard to put our finger on what went wrong, maybe a bit of complacency there. When you are 3-0 up you can’t afford to have any complacency at this level because you get punished.

“We were at Anderlecht a couple of weeks ago in a similar position to what they are now so we should know better than anyone that the game is not over until the final whistle.

“To be 3-0 up at home and with the way we were playing, we felt we had the game under control. You should be able to see the game out at this level, so we are very disappointed that we weren’t able to do that.

“This is a hard lesson that we can’t be complacent and we have to go into those games with full focus for the 90 minutes and get the job done.”

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