Graeme Souness admits this is a major worry for Arsenal in the title race

Graeme Souness says Arsenal's back to back Premier League losses will be a major concern for the Gunners

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Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City and Everton Photo: The Sport Review

Graeme Souness has admitted that the way in which Arsenal capitulated in the second half against Manchester City must be a serious concern for the Gunners.

The north London side took the lead early on at The Etihad when Theo Walcott fired home from close range after being found by Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal had chances to make their dominance count in the first half but were unable to find the crucial second goal.

Arsene Wenger’s men were then made to pay in the second half when Leroy Sane equalised shortly after the break, before Raheem Sterling netted the winner.

The most worrying aspect of Sunday’s defeat for Arsenal was the way in which they appeared to drop out of the game in the second half at The Etihad.

The loss came just days after their disappointing 2-1 loss at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park, once again when Arsenal squandered the lead.

And former Liverpool man Souness believes that the way in which Arsenal capitulated after the break will be a major concern for Gunners boss Wenger.

Speaking to Sky Sports immediately after the game on Sunday, Souness said: “Certainly in the first half an hour of that game [against Man City], Arsenal were the better team.

“It must be a concern for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal supporters that it’s a mirror image of what happened against Everton.

“They were bossing it and then they blew up. It can’t be because they’re not fit enough, it has to be a state of mind.”

Arsenal must now dust themselves down and prepare for their Boxing Day clash against West Bromwich Albion at The Emirates next week.

There is a host of festive football in the Premier League in the coming days, but there are also a number of key clashes in the lower English leagues and the EFL Championship.

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In the EFL Championship, Birmingham take on Derby on 27 December and Brentford host Cardiff City on Boxing Day. Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest take on Huddersfield on Boxing Day, while Preston North End tackle Leeds United.

It promises to be a feast of football in the coming days in the traditionally busy period in the English leagues.

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Arsenal, meanwhile, will be looking to get their season back on track after being left a staggering nine points behind leaders Chelsea following their back to back defeats in the top flight.

The Gunners take on West Brom and Crystal Palace in back to back home games before a trip to Bournemouth on 3 January.

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