Martin Odegaard makes worrying admission over major Arsenal problem

Arsenal were beaten 2-1 at Everton last night, their third consecutive away defeat (Picture: Getty)

Martin Odegaard confessed Arsenal ‘stopped playing’ and surrendered the initiative to Everton during last night’s costly defeat at Goodison Park.

The struggling Merseyside club had taken just two points from their last eight fixtures and were booed off following a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of rivals Liverpool less than a week ago.

Odegaard appeared to have set the Gunners on course for a much-needed win with a goal in first-half stoppage time, but Mikel Arteta’s men hardly threatened after the re-start and suffered their third consecutive defeat on the road when they conceded twice in the final 11 minutes.

Arsenal looked to be on course for victory when Martin Odegaard opened the scoring against Everton (Picture: Getty)

Surrendering the advantage is becoming an increasingly worrying issue for an Arsenal side who also squandered the lead at Old Trafford against Manchester United last Thursday, while Arteta has often been criticised for his safety-first tactics.

‘It’s a hard one to take. I think in general we were not at the level we needed to be at today,’ Odegaard told Sky Sports after the defeat.

‘We had some good moments but we have to do much better. We should have been better.

‘It’s hard to say. That’s just how it is sometimes. It’s hard to say exactly what happened. We have to do better when we have that lead. We stopped playing and gave them the game they wanted to play.’

When asked whether he felt a mindset problem was to blame for the Gunners surrendering their lead, the 22-year-old said ‘I think it is.

‘When you’re leading 1-0 you get afraid to lose the win and in my opinion that’s what we did wrong today,’ he said.

‘You go for the second goal and that was the intention but we didn’t manage to do that on the pitch.’

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