Arsene Wenger addressed the media after Arsenal suffered their fourth loss of the league season to Stoke City. The Gunners lost 3-2 to the Potters at the Britannia. We got off to a poor start and couldn’t recover from it. With this loss, Arsenal find themselves 13 points behind leaders Chelsea who themselves suffered their first loss of the season to Newcastle United.
Arsenal conceded 3 goals in the first half in what was a shocking defensive display and although they fought back to reduce the deficit through goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, Chambers’ red card stopped any momentum the Gunners had and Stoke defended well to see out the game.
Wenger admitted that his side were slow coming out of the blocks and Stoke’s high energy start cost his side the game. Peter Crouch opened the account for Stoke less than a minute after kickoff due to a defensive lapse from Chambers and at the other end Giroud missed a glorious chance to level up. It proved to be fatal as Bojan and Jonathan Walters made it 3-0 at by the end of the half.
Wenger told arsenal.com:
Stoke started strong and we were not decisive enough in our defensive challenges. From then on we gave them an early present and after that put a lot of energy into the game. In the second half we had good opportunities to come back and we couldn’t. Overall we put a lot of energy into this game like we always have recently and unfortunately we missed our start. We were slow at the back and when we started to respond it was too late in the game. They started strong, we have to give them credit for that. We were a bit inexperienced at the back – we couldn’t play Koscielny or Monreal and we had Debuchy out as well. We were altogether maybe a bit soft to cope with what they offered us.
While referee Anthony Taylor did his best to ensure Arsenal didn’t complete their comeback, it’s wholly our fault that we let him affect the game. In hindsight we may be should have played Koscielny just to add some experience and we are staring to miss Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta. Not only was our defence shoddy yesterday, our passing was wayward and we didn’t have anyone in the centre of the park to take control of the game. The only consolation was Chelsea lost (ha ha)while Spurs and Liverpool drew their home games.