Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Southampton were “very physical” in their 4-0 Boxing Day drubbing.
The Gunners squandered the chance to return to the top of the Premier League as Cuco Martina and Jose Fonte scored along with a Shane Long double.
“We were a bit unlucky because all the goals were debatable.
“The first goal was offside, the second goal was a foul and third goal was a goal-kick, so if you’re a bit below par and on top of that you have the first three goals against you in the decision-making then it’s even more difficult. But what can I do about it?” asked Wenger, clutching at straws.
“The score looks big but on the other side they won too many challenges for us to win.
“I believe that it is a difficult place to come. They chose to go very direct, a very physical approach.
“We lost too many challenges to win the game. Shane Long made the game very physical. He got away with too much.
“We didn’t play well, I don’t dispute that, but with wrong decisions it is even more difficult to win. Well done to Southampton, decisions maybe went for them because they wanted it more than us.”