Wenger’s anger over Arsenal defeat

Arsene Wenger, Arsenal

Arsène Wenger has called the gap between Arsenal and their fellow Premier League trophy chasers “unpleasant” after their defeat to Norwich.

The manager tried to give an explanation for a lacklustre showing from the Gunners at Carrow Road, which has left them trailing league leaders Chelsea by 10 points.

Wenger expressed his fury over the defeat saying: “I am angry. We have to acknowledge that we did not create a lot and, overall, it is very disappointing that we were not in the game in the first 20 minutes. We gave an easy game away. There was something missing and offensively we were not at our level. Give Norwich credit, too, as they were strong, very committed and very well organised.

Wenger also says that the team will have learnt a lesson from the loss. He said: “This has been a good lesson for us but I would have preferred not to get it – too many lessons like this and you will stand at the end of the season with too many regrets.”

Wenger also admitted to worries about the gap developing between the Gunners and their rivals. Arsenal are now ninth in the Premier League table with 12 points, which is 10 points less than leaders Chelsea and six points less than Manchester United and last season’s winners Manchester City. Additionally, it is three points off the top four.

Wenger said: “The gap is unpleasant. You cannot say you don’t worry about that.”

Arsenal strikers Gervinho and summer signing Olivier Giroud again struggled to impress, with chances being missed.

However, Wenger, on whether they would bring in a new striker in January said: “I cannot tell you that now. We have players out and when they come back, we will see. We did not create a lot that is for sure.”

Norwich won Saturday’s game 1-0, with Grant Holt scoring for the Canaries 19 minutes into the game.

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