Arsenal paid the price for criminal defending, says Martin Keown

Martin Keown says Arsenal weren't 'prepared for the worst' at Swansea City

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsenal paid the price for criminal defending, according to Martin Keown.

The Gunners allowed a 1-0 lead to slip after Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis fired Swansea City to a 2-1 win at Liberty Stadium.

Everyone charging forward meant only Gibbs and the two centre-halves were in contact, which was criminal. They paid the price

Martin Keown

And former Arsenal centre-half Keown felt the Gunners weren’t defensively organised, especially when facing a Swansea counter-attack.

“You have to prepare for the worst, otherwise you are not going to be ready when you lose possession,” Keown told BBC Sport.

“That is something you don’t have to train at, it is a mindset you go on to the pitch with, and you have to have players who take responsibility at key times.

“Even before Swansea’s equaliser, it was already a feature of Sunday’s game that Arsenal were being a little bit sloppy in possession.

“That could have been down to the wet conditions and torrential rain, but they were not keeping the ball like they normally do.

“So, the key was not to run the risk of leaving themselves isolated and exposed at the back.

“Arsenal did that for Swansea’s first goal, when there was a huge gap between their defence and midfield.

“Everyone charging forward meant only Gibbs and the two centre-halves were in contact, which was criminal. They paid the price.”

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