Arsene Wenger has admitted that consecutive defeats to Everton and Manchester City left him feeling “absolutely desperate”.
The Gunners had not been beaten since the opening day before slipping to a 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park and then a 2-1 loss to Pep Guardiola’s side.
The results have seen Arsenal lose ground in the title race and Wenger has revealed the huge disappointment he felt at seeing his side beaten.
“If you had lived with me for three days after the Man City game, you would have understood, and not have asked that question in fact, because I was absolutely desperate after these two games,” he said via Sky Sports.
“We lost under very special circumstances as well, you know. It’s the first time in 20 years that I lose a game with two offside goals of that stature. On top of that we were 1-0 up in both games, we had the chances to score the second goal and third goal.
“We had to analyse and make our own criticisms, and come back with more urgency defensively, because we gave two easy goals away.”
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Arsenal open 2017 with a visit from Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day and Wenger feels new manager Sam Allardyce will have an impact on the team.
“He is a specialist, he is competent, he is intelligent, and he has always specialised in having an impact on the teams he has taken on in a difficult situation,” he added.
“Certainly he will create a level of urgency, and confidence will lift, and we have to even more focus on our performance, and try to be at our best to beat them.
“He is a very competent manager. I think as well in the last five or six years he has adapted to the style of the players he had, and he has been much more versatile than he was 10 years ago. Overall I think he has developed extremely well.”
Fans will have shared Wenger’s huge disappointment at the results but will be fully expecting to take all three points against a Palace side that has managed just two Premier League wins away from home all season.