Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta believes his players need to control their emotions better.
After the restart, the Gunners have lost their first two games in the Premier League, falling to defeat at Manchester City before conceding a final goal to lose 2-1 on Saturday at Brighton.
Arteta saw his players react angrily after goalkeeper Bernd Leno appeared to suffer a serious knee injury, landing awkwardly under close attention from Brighton match-winner Neal Maupay.
Matteo Guendouzi, an Arsenal midfielder, is likely to be in trouble with the Football Association after placing his hands at the full-time whistle around Maupay ‘s throat, with the Seagulls man criticizing the opposition after play.
“Arsenal players, perhaps sometimes, need to learn humility. The first half spoke a lot, the second half when they were 1-0 up. They have got what they deserved, “Maupay told BT Sport.
Although Arteta disagreed with Maupay ‘s assessment, he did admit that it might be important to show more restraint.
“If we’re expressing disappointment we need to show it in the right way,” he said.
“I haven’t seen the (Guendouzi’s) images or what happened, but if that is the case, we’ll talk about it. Emotionally, we have to take much better control of the situations.
Through a fine individual strike by Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal went ahead on the south coast but, they failed to hold on to leads and were found lacking again.
When asked if it was a mental problem for the players not being able to stay ahead, Arteta responded, I think every game is completely different. When I was thinking about playing, when you go ahead, there are specifics and game management-wise, where we have to make a lot better. But we’re a very young squad. I don’t want to use it as an excuse because it’s still a soccer game, and it doesn’t matter what age you ‘re competing with, but you can’t do it at this level.”