Oxlade-Chamberlain apologises after defensive debacle

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has reacted to the 3-1 defeat to West Brom at the Hawthorns today.

He was the man wheeled out for the Sky cameras post game and he said the players didn’t do what they should have done after they let the home side score goals from set-pieces, knowing that’s where they were a big threat.

On the performance overall

“We’re very disappointed. Thought we were comfortable and we just had to be careful from countner-attacks and set-plays.

“Obviously they scored from a set-play but we responded quite quickly, I felt we controlled it and it was a matter of time before we got a second.

“In the second half they came out with a different attitude and they pressed us higher and made it a lot harder for us. The second goal was a bit scrappy, and then again we’ve let ourselves down on a set-piece.

“They defended well and made it difficult for us from then on.”

What should they have done better from set-pieces

“Headed the ball away. If you want to defend well you’ve got to be first to the ball, and for two goals we didn’t do that. We knew who their danger men were and we didn’t stop them.

“We’ll have to review that, but Dawson’s got the run and attacked it well. We knew that and we failed to deal with it.”

How big a setback for the top four

“It’s not what we needed, we knew we needed three points, especially in these games. We’re bitterly disappointed and I’ll I can do is say sorry to the fans because it’s not acceptable for Arsenal football club to lose the way we did today.

“We’ve got to get over this and keep fighting. It’s not been pretty for us recently and it’s not going to get easier any time soon, so we’ve got to keep fighting.”

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