Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, defended Alexandre Lacazette who is facing angry criticism from supporters for calling out his teammates for allowing Sheffield United equalize on Saturday’s premier league match.
Gabriel Martinelli scored the leading goal at Emirates Stadium. But Sheffield’a John Fleck scored the equalizer at the 83rd minute, to deny the Gunners a crucial three points.
“They [Sheffield United] were not very dangerous but this match summarises how we are this season. We are winning the match but don’t get it over the line,” Lacazette told RMC Sport after the match.
“We are quite naive at the moment. We need to be nastier and more consistent in the 90th to 93rd minutes of matches.
“Especially when we can do better than this. We have the players required. It is a shame.”
Lacazette also took to social media on Sunday morning, tweeting: ‘Disappointed because I think we deserved more.. Time to prepare for the derby on Tuesday!! Thanks for your support.’
His comments sparked angry responses from supporters with some mocking him for failing to score goals in recent matches.
But Arteta supported the Frenchman for criticizing his teammates.
“Yes (I agree), it’s part of the game management and there were things we could have done to control the game better,” he said, speaking at his pre-match press conference.
“I don’t have that feeling. They know when we haven’t won the reasons why,” he said.
“The way we conceded hurt. We have to have the ambition to score the second and third goal and in the final moments in the Premier League the game is never closed.”
Next, Arsenal will play against Chelsea in premier league on Tuesday.