Michael Laudrup: Ten disappointing minutes cost us against Arsenal
MICHAEL Laudrup blamed “ten disappointing minutes” as battling Swansea City went down 2-1 at home to Arsenal.
Swansea gave as good as they got in an even first half at the Liberty Stadium, but Arsenal scored twice in four minutes around the hour mark as they chalked a club record-equalling eighth straight Premier League win.
Teenager Serge Gnabry put Arsene Wenger’s men ahead on 58 minutes, then Aaron Ramsey continued his extraordinary start to the season with a powerful finish to double the visitors’ lead.
With Wilfried Bony on from the bench, Swansea rallied in the latter stages.
Ben Davies’s second goal of the season gave them hope eight minutes from the end, but Arsenal held on for victory.
“The first half was very tight – both teams were at the same level and there was only one chance each,” Laudrup said.
“At 0-0 at half-time nobody could complain. We wanted to keep our back four high and we managed that in the first half.
“But at the start of the second half, we dropped a little deep and they scored the first goal.
“There were a lot of bodies in there, but when you are that deep, players at Arsenal’s level can create a chance with one or two passes.
“I was disappointed after that goal that we lost a bit of position on the pitch. The players all wanted to equalise immediately and, when you do that, you leave too much space for the counter-attack.
“Against players like Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, you are going to have problems when you do that.
“After that goal we dominated for the rest of the game and we caused them some problems.
“We got one goal but it wasn’t enough, so I am left a little disappointed with the ten or 12 minutes where we gave the game away.
“It just shows that the top teams will punish you – we were punished in a very small period of the game.”