Ray Parlour warned Arsenal they’re “going backwards” after Mikel Arteta branded his aspect’s Premier League defeat to Brighton “unacceptable”.
The Gunners have been crushed by an injury-time winner from Brighton’s Neal Maupay on Sunday, after Nicolas Pepe’s opener had been cancelled out by Lewis Dunk.
The demoralising defeat adopted a 3-Zero thrashing in opposition to Manchester City on Wednesday, and Arsenal are actually languishing in 10th place within the league.
With fourth-placed Chelsea set to play Aston Villa on Sunday, Arteta’s aspect might discover themselves 11 factors off the Champions League locations by the top of the day.
And former Gunners midfielder Parlour mentioned the staff’s confidence could be “absolutely shot” following the late collapse on the Amex Stadium.
“This was a game they had to win,” the three-time title winner advised Stadium Astro.
“Not a lot of people would’ve given them a chance against Manchester City in a normal league period.
“But going to Brighton, should you’re going to compete with groups on the high – all people’s dream at Arsenal is to get again into the Champions League, however these are the edges you’ve obtained to beat.”
Parlour said the Gunners are too easily beaten, adding: “They obtained themselves in a great place by getting the opening aim, however they at all times give groups an opportunity.
“That’s the problem with Arsenal at the moment.
“Fair play to Brighton, they took that likelihood and so they scored two improbable objectives – particularly the final one. It was a improbable winner for Brighton.
“But the fans will be very much on their backs a little bit now because they demand more of the players.They demands wins, they demand getting closer to that top five.
“At the second Arsenal are going backwards.”
Arteta mentioned the defeat was “unacceptable” after poor defending allowed Dunk to cancel out a lead Pepe had given them with simply over 20 minutes remaining.
“I know we have a young squad but we threw the game away,” the supervisor mentioned in quotes reported by BBC Sport.
“I am very frustrated. It is unacceptable the way we lost the game. We had to put it to bed earlier.
“There’s a number of issues they’ve gone very well however we do not compete. At this degree you can’t give these type of objectives away.
“This is the challenge we all have at the football club, to rebuild to something that is worth the club we are representing.
“I simply fear about tomorrow and lifting the gamers and successful the subsequent soccer sport.”
The Gunners’ subsequent sport is away to Southampton on Thursday.
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