Monday, 24 March 2014

Wenger: Response to Chelsea defeat is key

Arsene Wenger has called on his players to respond from their six-goal mauling at Chelsea with a return to winning ways against Swansea City on Tuesday night.

The Gunners conceded six-goals for the second time this season against a top four rival on Saturday, a situation which has left Wenger asking a lot of questions of himself and his players.

The Arsenal manager held a clear the air meeting with his players yesterday at their London Colney training base to examine what went wrong and how it can be fixed.

Wenger told reporters after Saturday's match:
"We have to think deeply about because it is not the first time [it's happened]. 
"It all went wrong and I take full responsibility. It is my fault that we failed completely because we did not turn up. 
"We felt we prepared properly, but we did not turn up, so it is puzzling. After 20 minutes, it was game over and it became a long afternoon, a long dramatic, dreadful afternoon. There is not a lot more I could say, you could blame and blame but it does not help. 
"That is the most disappointing thing, that we were never in the game. This is puzzling because we were shocked and knocked down basically without feeling you have had a chance. 
"What is important now is we show we have the capacity to respond, despite that disappointment, on Tuesday night."
Arsenal now sit fourth in the table with 62 points, seven points behind leaders Chelsea, although the Gunners do have a game in hand.

Wenger has cancelled his usual pre-match media conference today.

Tomorrow night they face 15th placed Swansea who lost 3-2 at Everton on Saturday.

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