Arsene Wenger reacts to Arsenal’s shock defeat to Swansea City

18:20 01 December 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts to Swansea

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts to Swansea's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Emirates Stadium. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

‘They deserved to win. It’s frustrating but it’s the truth’ says Frenchman

Arsene Wenger admitted that Swansea were deserved winners at the Emirates after Michu’s late double strike condemned the Gunners to defeat and saw them slip down to 10th in the Premier League table.

“They deserved to win. It is frustrating but it is the truth,” said Wenger. “We were not good, laboured, not creative. We were not sharp. Swansea were sharper, more creative and we had a lot of possession without really going anywhere.

“We took a lot of risks and in the end it went against us. Maybe we should have taken the 0-0, but we lacked decisiveness and quality.”

And Wenger admitted that it was Arsenal’s home form that was worrying him the most, with the side failing to find any fluency at the Emirates so far this season and losing two and drawing two of their seven Premier League games so far in N5.

“At the moment it looks like away from home we are quite consistent and our results are positive but at home we haven’t produced the expected performances and we have to find the solution. I’m not worried about the place [in the table] but what it is important is that we get the quality of our game back.

“We have many players on the edge. We have played a lot of hard games recently, we just had two difficult away games. But today we are guilty of losing a game we shouldn’t have lost.

“I can understand the fans [frustration]. We are in this job to turn it round and I am confident we will. It’s a good moment to stick together.”

Wenger indicated he would be resting players for Tuesday’s trip to Athens for the Champions League final group game against Olympiakos. Arsenal have already qualified but need to win to have any chance of taking top spot in Group B ahead of German side Schalke.

Related articles


Latest Sport Stories

Great Britain's James Ward (far right) with Great Britain captain Leon Smith, Jamie Murray and Andy Murray

Great Britain stand on the verge of history in the Davis Cup as they prepare for this weekend’s final, bidding to win the crown for the first time in 79 years.

Harry Kane celebrates his second goal against West Ham on Sunday (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Ex-Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt believes Harry Kane can become an all-time great for club and country.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (left) celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game against Dinamo Zagreb. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Uche Amako says the club’s record signing is making the most of his peak years.

Chris Rainsford (left) in action on the road for Highgate Harriers. Pic: Dieter Perry

Highgate Harriers were crowned national champions on Sunday as the prestigious UK 10k road race championships were held as part of the 30th anniversary of the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash.

Karl Oliyide (left) scored Wingate & Finchley's goal on Saturday. Pic: Martin Addison

Wingate & Finchley missed the chance to go second in the Ryman League Premier Division on Saturday after conceding an 88th-minute equaliser away at East Thurrock.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (right) celebrates with Olivier Giroud after scoring his side's first goal against Dinamo Zagreb.

Arsene Wenger is confident that Arsenal can defy history by overcoming Olympiacos in Greece next month to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

Yesterday, 21:32
Alexis Sanchez scores Arsenal's third goal (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal eased to a 3-0 win at home to Dinamo Zagreb to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Here’s how we rated the Gunners.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder