The Gunners were crushed in a 6-0 defeat by Chelsea and are now seven points adrift of the Blues. The North London side have now conceded a staggering 17 goals in three heavy defeats against their title rivals.
The Spaniard feels they were just not good enough, but promised an improved performance at home to strugglers Swansea on Tuesday.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
It’s not good enough with the way we started the game. Just before they scored we had a chance with Olivier that could have changed the game completely but we gave them the game in [their] hands.
If you give the ball away in the middle of the park against Chelsea you know what’s going to happen. That’s what we have to avoid and we knew that from the start of the game and we haven’t done it. We paid for our own mistakes. We have to take it on the chin because it’s unacceptable to lose another big game like this.
The first one [at Manchester City] you may analyse in a different way, the second one [at Liverpool] was a bit different in the way we conceded the first three goals but on Saturday in my opinion it was worse because it was more our fault. It was when we were in possession of the ball and we knew that we couldn’t take risks in certain areas. After 3-0 and with a man down it makes it impossible.
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The good thing is we have a lot of things to play for and we’ve always reacted to disappointments and difficult moments. But this one is a really hard one to take, it was a massive game for us and for me it’s unacceptable.
The title race can change at any moment. There are two midweek games again and it can change quickly around. We just need to be there again because if there’s any possibilities we have to be able to take it. Let’s try again, it’s been a difficult day but we need to stay together again and battle because what we can still get is very good.
It was Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge and Gooners had hoped for a day to remember, but unfortunately their performance against Chelsea is one all Arsenal supporters will be desperate to forget. This is the third time this season that Arsenal have collapsed early on against a title rival.
It’s difficult to explain how the defence which looked rock solid against Tottenham put up such a miserable performance a week later. There seems to be a psychological issue with the players, as their talent is seemingly deserting the players on the very biggest stages and it’s not harsh to say that Arsenal looked like a side from the third of fourth tier of English football in these big matches.
The defeat seems to have destroyed any slim hopes Arsenal had of winning the title and the success of their season now rests on their FA Cup campaign. The Gunners remain favourites to win the competition, however their capacity to crumble under pressure makes the prospect of a Wembley semi-final a daunting one.
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