Arsene Wenger rues Gunners’ misfortune


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to accept his side had been complacent as they slumped to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United.

On a weekend when Chelsea were also beaten, the Gunners wasted a great opportunity to improve their chances of winning the Premier League title but, as in the 3-2 home defeat to West Brom earlier in the campaign, they once again came up short at the Emirates Stadium.

A downcast Wenger admitted after the match:"I think against West Brom we were complacent but not against Newcastle.

"In fairness the two teams who have beaten us here are good teams. They have shown that before and when we met them.

"I believe that we were never in full flow. We played against a good Newcastle team who are a team of men who are strong physically and mature.

"Overall I still believe we were very unlucky to lose the game. They had one shot on target and that was their goal. Apart from that they defended well and we were not sharp enough to get them out of position quickly enough.

"We were a bit unlucky because we hit the post two or three times and their keeper made a very good save. We put ourselves in a bad position just before half-time with the goal we conceded and after that we went close a few times.

"Our home form is a concern because against Birmingham and West Ham they were struggling wins. Everybody comes here and plays very tight and when we are not in full form we have problems to play through the lines.

"When you score the first goal it is alright because teams have to come out but, as long as they can sit deep, we have a problem to play through when we are not on full power."

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