Mertesacker laments Arsenal collapse: 'We just wasted the ball'

PerMertesacker - Cropped
Getty Images
The Gunners captain said his side should have been woken up by Watford's equaliser in Saturday's surprise result

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker was unhappy with his team's failure to respond to Watford's equaliser in their shock 2-1 loss.

Mertesacker had given the visitors to Vicarage Road a first-half lead with a header in the Premier League on Saturday.

Southampton 5/1 to beat Newcastle 1-0

But Troy Deeney levelled from the penalty spot in the 71st minute before Tom Cleverley scored a dramatic late winner.

Goal 50 Revealed: The best 50 players in the world

While Mertesacker was unsure about the penalty, given against Hector Bellerin for a foul on Richarlison, he lamented Arsenal's inability to respond.

"I'm not sure, I cannot tell [if it was a penalty]. Honestly, it's so quick these actions, it's difficult to judge and the referee made that decision," the German defender told Arsenal's website.

"I think for us it was kind of a wake-up call, but it wasn't loud enough."

The loss was Arsenal's third in eight Premier League games and left them sixth in the table.

Mertesacker said his team were wasteful in possession against Watford.

"I think that's what we lacked, especially in the second half. You know when we got the ball we missed a chance, but we missed as well to play, we missed it completely," he said.

Article continues below

"That's what we did really well in the first half, where we regained possession, kept possession, that was really good.

"In the second half we just wasted the ball and that's obviously not enough.

"If you just protect and you have no chances on the break and you miss one chance to kill the game, then it's difficult in the Premier League to win any game."