Arsene Wenger was obviously not happy that Arsenal dropped three points against one of our direct rivals for fourth place, but although he rued the defensive “mistakes” he felt that his team were tired but refused to blame anyone for the calamitous two goals we conceded.
Le Prof said on the Arsenal Official website: “The regret is that we lost this game because it was a self-inflicted defeat. We had chances to win this game and when we were in control we made the mistakes in our final third that allowed them to win the game. It’s unfortunate but there was much more in this game than the 2-0 defeat. We gave a lot and their keeper kept them in the game. We made the mistakes at the back that basically meant we were punished.
“We were comfortable (at 0-0) compared to last year where we played 2-2. It was a game where we were thinking, ‘we will win this game’, but we paid for the lapses of focus in vital areas.
“It’s difficult to find an obvious reason straight after the game. There was a misunderstanding and maybe the few games on the trot – we faded a lot at West Ham and we were not fresh enough today.”
As for a quote on Wojciech Szczesny’s performance, Wenger simply brushed off the question. “I don’t want to talk about him.” he said.
I certainly hope that he (and the other players) had a few words to say to the Polish keeper once tey were back in the dressing room. For me, I’ll just say that I’m looking forward to seeing David Ospina in action on Sunday!
Does anyone fancy a comment on Szczesny’s performance?