Arsenal are 9 points behind league leaders Chelsea after they lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. The result meant Arsene Wenger’s winless record against Mourinho extended to 12 games.
The league is not won or lost by Christmas but at the moment our situation looks bleak. Our form isn’t great and we are the most injury prone club in the world according to WHO.
However Wenger is adamant his side can be in contention for the title and also acknowledged the threat of Manchester City:
It is massive, the nine points after seven games, I agree completely, but it is not lost. I believe that maybe, going forward, City are a bit more complete.
City are more offensive. Chelsea defensively are better but it’s very difficult to say who will be in front but what we want to do is be in front of both of them.
Wenger also played down the criticism levelled against him and his team.
That’s an old, ridiculous debate – I honestly never understand what is Plan A and Plan B and C. It’s a debate of another age.
The Arsenal boss described the loss to Chelsea as traumatic and insisted there wasn’t a lot between the two sides.
I’ve watched the Chelsea game again and we were guilty of not taking the first chances which were there for us and guilty of making a defensive mistake on their goal but there was very little between the two teams on the day.
I think we came out angry and frustrated but also coming that we have an important part to play in this championship.
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We can only look at ourselves and think if we want to get something out of the big games we cannot afford to make the mistakes we made on the two goals.
It was traumatic for me. The way we lost was very difficult to take. The quality of the team is to make the maximum with what you produce on the day and that’s where we failed
It’s pleasing to know that the manager hasn’t given up yet but it’s time we start winning games. Chelsea will surely drop points but we must be in a position to capitalise on their failings. Let’s start that process by securing a win against Hull City this weekend.