Andrey Arshavin has been talking on his personal web site about the Portsmouth game.
He revealed that indeed the Arsenal players relaxed too much after the quick two goals that were scored in the first twenty two minutes.
“We started the meeting well. I think that our two quick goals went a long way in deciding the game. Arsenal’s possession advantage allowed us to enjoy the game ... Perhaps, after the second goal, we relaxed a bit”
Indeed they relaxed so much that even Arsene Wenger felt the need to warn them about being complacent. This he told them in the dressing room at half time.
“Arsene in the locker room told us about this. He reminded us that in the Premier League you can not afford to be relaxed. Because if you prematurely stop to fully concentrate on the game, this will immediately be followed by retaliation by the opponents”
The message obviously registered with the players as they came out in the second half and promptly scored two more goals.
“During the second half, we again scored two goals, thus delivering fun to the fans” Arshavin said.
It seems that complacencey, which has been a constant factor of all Wenger teams in the past, is rearing its ugly head again. This seems to happen against weaker opponents with the Arsenal players easing up as soon as a goal is scored.
Let’s hope that Wenger’s message is taken on board by the players…