Tom Cleverley was surprised Arsenal kept playing out from the back during draw against Watford

first_imgAdvertisement Sokratis Papastathopolous was at fault for Watford’s first goal (Picture: AP)Speaking afterwards, the former Manchester United midfielder said: ‘I feel like we were well organised from their goal kicks.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s something we’ve worked on in the week and we weren’t surprised they tried to play like that, it was more of a surprise they didn’t adapt during the game and they were pretty stubborn with it.‘It was our kick-start to a comeback that was nearly a perfect comeback. We can be proud of the second-half performance, but we really need to be starting to turn those sort of stats into wins.’Although it didn’t look as though Arsenal had curtailed their short passing approach, Unai Emery claimed afterwards that they had tried to go more direct as the game went on.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We were also trying the long ball and physically they are more strong than us and they were also winning the long ball,’ he explained afterwards.Sokratis took to Twitter to apologise for his mistake on Sunday evening, saying: ‘Today’s result is not good for us. I feel responsible for this result, so I would like to apologise to all of you. I don’t like to hide, and I will keep working hard in order to achieve our goals.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Sep 2019 5:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link196Shares Comment Tom Cleverley scored Watford’s equaliser against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Tom Cleverley has admitted that he was surprised that Arsenal refused to alter their tactics from goal kicks during their 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road on Sunday.The 30-year-old capitalised on Arsenal’s slack play in defence by scoring Watford’s first goal after seizing on a wayward pass from Sokratis Papastathopolous inside his own penalty area.Before Cleverley’s strike early in the second half, Arsenal had twice gone close to conceding by gifting possession in their own box, twice through misplaced passes from Matteo Guendouzi.However, they persisted with trying to play the ball out from the back despite the warning signs and Cleverley admitted that Watford had planned to take advantage from such situations in training.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Tom Cleverley was surprised Arsenal kept playing out from the back during draw against Watfordlast_img read more