Eintracht Frankfurt boss Adi Hutter has suggested, in comments reported by the Daily Mail, that Arsenal were lucky not to lose against Watford at the weekend ahead of their Europa League tie on Thursday.
Unai Emery’s men looked to be cruising towards three points at Vicarage Road. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in nine minutes to put the Gunners 2-0 up shortly after the half-hour mark.
However, Arsenal produced two defensive errors in the second-half to let Watford back into the game. Sokratis gave the ball away inside his own area as he looked to play out from the back and Tom Cleverley took full advantage.
And David Luiz then gave away a penalty with a needless challenge just inside the box. Roberto Pereyra converted the chance from 12 yards to level the game.
And ahead of Thursday’s tie in Germany, Hutter suggested that the Gunners were actually fortunate to take a point from the game.
“I saw the game against Watford,” he said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
‘They were lucky to have not lost after a 2-0 lead. Nevertheless, I would not tie everything to it. They try to play football from the back.”
It was a poor defensive performance at the weekend. But it would be no surprise to see Arsenal step up and produce a much better display against the Bundesliga side.
It will not be an easy contest. Frankfurt have won all of their home games so far this season. But they are going into the fixture off the back of a defeat at the weekend. So they will also want to prove a point and add to Arsenal’s problems.