Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka conceded he and his team-mates were ‘scared’ in the second half of their Premier League clash with Watford on Sunday, allowing the Hornets to battle back for a 2-2 draw.
The Gunners took a two-goal lead in the first half thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the second a superb team goal , with the Gabon international capping off a 20-pass move.
Two defensive errors in the second period led to Watford pulling level and eventually gaining a share of the spoils.
Xhaka was honest about his team’s performance after the match, saying the Gunners were disappointed, and had been punished for being ‘scared’.
“We are very disappointed, we had a good first half and then we came out and played so bad in the second half,” he said to BBC Sport. “We paid for that.
“We knew they had nothing to lose and they would come for us but we didn’t show our game, we were too scared, nobody wanted the ball.”