Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger branded his players "timid" after they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger felt Arsenal, who will be without midfielder Mikel Arteta for around three weeks with a calf injury, paid for a meek approach.
He said: "Overall we started too timid, with not enough authority in a game like that, and allowed them to dictate. We paid very early for that."
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