After throwing away a three-goal lead in the second half to draw with visiting Anderlecht, manager Arsene Wenger had a lot to say after the match.
Despite scoring all three goals without conceding in the first sixty minutes, Wenger insisted that they had a poor defensive performance from the first to the last minute. He also claimed they were a bit unlucky since the goal scored by Vanden Borre was offside, even though it was never flagged as one.
The boss confessed that fatigue switched in for his side after they scored the third goal. This made it relatively easier for their rivals to punish them since they were no longer stopping crosses and winning challenges.
Wenger also thought losing the skipper was a major turning point in the game:
“I think when we lost Mikel Arteta we lost out because he was one of the few who defended well. That didn’t help. Apart from that maybe we underestimated subconsciously Anderlecht and got punished.”
Alexis Sanchez was involved in all the three goals and Wenger said he was one of the two or three players who were at the top of the English game. He also confessed that throwing away the lead could have been frustrating for the summer signing, given his work rate during the game.
On asked whether he will look for defensive reinforcement in January, Wenger dodged the question stating:
“Honestly it’s not the worry tonight. We just came out of two clean sheets and maybe thought we had got the job done at 3-0. The target is to go to Swansea with another [good] defensive performance.”
After a disappointing night at the Emirates, the Gunners will be hoping to vent out their frustrations on Swansea in the Premier League this coming Sunday.