Martin Keown has revealed he was ‘screaming at the TV’ during Arsenal’s capitulation against Watford on Sunday.
Arsenal squandered a two-goal half-time lead to draw at Vicarage Road, with goals from Tom Cleverley and a Roberto Pereyra penalty cancelling out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-half double.
Watford’s spirited fightback saw them fire a huge 23 shots on goal during a dominant performance in the second period, the bottom-placed Hornets unfortunate to not to secure their first win of the new season.
Former Arsenal defender Keown has revealed his frustration at watching Unai Emery’s side’s inexplicable collapse, admitting it could ‘easily have been a lot worse’ following their dismal second-half display.
‘I was screaming at the TV screen quite a few times while I was watching the second half of Arsenal’s draw with Watford on Sunday,’ Keown wrote in his BBC Column.
‘With the Hornets managing 31 shots at goal in 90 minutes, and 23 of them coming after the break, statistically it was the worst defensive display by the Gunners since Opta’s records began in 2003.
‘Watching them in the MOTD2 production office, it certainly felt that way.
‘From having their opponents by the throat when they were 2-0 up, Arsenal inexplicably handed Watford a way back into the game in the most naive way when they conceded after trying to play out of their own area from a goal-kick.
‘But what made things worse was that Unai Emery’s team could not react when things went wrong for them. Instead, they disintegrated.
‘That one mistake was enough to derail them completely. In one moment, all their confidence evaporated. After that, they could not make a decision, and they could not make a pass.
‘Their game-plan simply disappeared. They were fortunate only to concede one more goal – from a penalty after another silly foul by David Luiz – and were left hanging on for a point against the Premier League’s bottom side.
‘It could easily have been a lot worse.’