The Gunners gave up a lead to lose 2-1 to the Toffees on Monday and the midfielder feels it is down to a psychological concern
Martin Odegaard says a psychological problem cost Arsenal as they lost 2-1 to Everton on Monday.The Norwegian midfielder scored just before half-time to put the Gunners 1-0 up at Goodison Park, however Richarlison and Demarai Gray fired in the second duration to protect a first Premier League win since September.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have now lost two matches in a row in the English top-flight and Odegaard feels their mindset cost them in the latest upset.
What has been stated?
" I think it is [a mindset problem] When you're leading 1-0 you get scared to lose the win and in my viewpoint that's what we did wrong today," Odegaard informed Sky Sports after the match.
" You opt for the 2nd objective which was the objective, but we didn't manage to do that on the pitch."He included: "It's a tough one to take. I think in general we were not at the level we needed to be at today.
" We had some good minutes, but we need to do much better. We need to have been better." It's difficult to say. That's just how it is often. It's tough to state exactly what happened. We have to do better when we have that lead. We stopped playing and provided the video game they wished to play."
What did Mikel Arteta state?
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was dissatisfied in his side's performance versus the Toffees, admitting their use of the ball was not good enough.He informed Sky Sports: "In the first half we were extremely irregular with the ball. I didn't like it. No penetration. Among the few times we did it we scored. Second half we attempted to do more of those things, produced four big opportunities however yielded a really careless objective when you require to manage the game.
" We couldn't take the ball into the final 3rd. They're not going to offer you time, at Goodison you know what to expect. I believe the group tried to go, we kept pressing high. We lost a couple of essential battles that put us some pressure."
What is next for Arsenal?
Arteta's team are currently seventh in the Premier League and 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.They host Southampton in their next match on Saturday, which will be followed by a home match against West Ham four days later.
When you're leading 1-0 you get scared to lose the win and in my opinion that's what we did incorrect today," Odegaard informed Sky Sports after the match.
It's tough to state exactly what took place. We have to do better when we have that lead. Second half we attempted to do more of those things, developed four huge possibilities however conceded a really careless goal when you require to handle the game.We lost a few essential battles that put us some pressure."