Arsene Wenger faced the press following our shock defeat to West Ham United on Sunday and stated that nerves were the cause of our poor performance, The Guardian reports.
Very rarely have we entered a Premier League campaign with such optimism as we did this weekend, buoyed by the win against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea last weekend as well as the arrival of Petr Cech.
However, it seemed as though the weight of expectation affected the players and Wenger noticed a sense of nervousness in our game against the Hammers.
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“West Ham looked sharper than us, more advanced in their preparation than us,” the boss was quoted as saying in the publication.
“We were a bit nervous and we rushed a bit our game. We didn’t respect the basics. We wanted to be too quick going forward in the first half.
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“I don’t think we were too confident. I would rather say too nervous.”
Therein lies the problem. Why were we, a team full of superstars and World Cup winners, more nervous than a West Ham side tipped by many to struggle this season?
Rather than protecting our team, Wenger’s comments will now lead to further questions being asked about the mental strength of our players and Sunday’s result exposed a flaw in our side.
We have always been known to respond strongly to disappointments and that is certainly the target ahead of next week’s game at Crystal Palace.