Wenger: Goals were too soft

Arsene Wenger criticised his Arsenal side's concentration levels after the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at The Emirates.

Last Updated: 13/01/13 at 22:29 Post Comment

Arsene Wenger: Saw his Arsenal side well beaten by Manchester City

Arsene Wenger: Saw his Arsenal side well beaten by Manchester City

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The Gunners were on the back foot from the word go and were down to 10 men inside 10 minutes when Laurent Koscielny wrestled Edin Dzeko to the ground.

Wojciech Szczesny kept out the Bosnian's penalty but it was not long before the champions capitalised on their advantage - James Milner hammering home a fantastic angled drive and Dzeko doubling the lead on the half-hour.

Vincent Kompany was dismissed for a challenge on Jack Wilshere late in the day, but by that stage Wenger's men were well beaten.

The Frenchman told Sky Sports afterwards: "It was frustrating because we were down to 10 men with 80 minutes to play and you know it will be a difficult game.

"I felt we were a bit too timid at the start with not enough authority. We let them dictate the game to us in the first 10 minutes and we were punished. From then on, it became difficult but in the second half we had a good response and we had a chance to come back, but we didn't."

On the Koscielny incident, Wenger added: "I haven't seen it again. I was surprised by the decision but I've heard it was a penalty. We have to live with the decision and it doesn't mean that you have to lose the game.

"I felt we gave away two cheap goals away and when you are down to 10 men, if you keep it 0-0, you never know.

"The team gave a lot at the second half - you can't fault that, but I feel we are a bit nervous at home and lack that authority that makes you strong, especially at the start of the game.

"There are a lot of positives. I feel some players had outstanding games - Jack (Wilshere) is getting stronger and has found a little bit of acceleration again. (Abou) Diaby also became stronger and stronger."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

ergie, aren't you supposed to make a beep beep noise when backing up like that?

simonthfc
Ferguson: Club made Moyes decision

S

ome of these are quality! Why you no like him F365?? :(

left right out
The, Erm, 'Best' Of Henry James Redknapp

W

e're our own worst enemy. We're suicidal in defence, and we may just get slaughtered on Sunday. Other than that, I am very pleased with my team.

bob the manc
Van Gaal: We can catch Chelsea

Footer 365

Sky Bet League One: Bristol City held, by Bradford City Peterborough lose at Crewe

Bristol City were held by Bradford, but the 2-2 draw saw the Robins set a new club record for league games unbeaten.

Derby go top, Forest draw at Watford

Chris Martin's 81st-minute penalty sent Derby to the top of the league after the Rams grabbed a 1-0 win over Blackpool.

Champions League: Schalke leave it late to beat Sporting Lisbon 4-3

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored a 92nd-minute penalty to earn Schalke a 4-3 win over Sporting Lisbon in Group G.

Mail Box

Are There Any Happy Fans Out There?

It seems as if Chelsea, West Ham and Southampton are the only content supporters right now. We have more doom and gloom for you. Who wants good news, eh..?

Is Van Gaal Just A Dutch Pardew?

A Mailbox of comparisons. Van Gaal is similar to Pardew, Wenger to Moyes, Van Persie to a spent force, and Pelle to a bloody gent. There's also plenty from last night...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property