Arsene Wenger has said Chelsea’s first goal should not have stood, but did concede that Arsenal were outclassed at Stamford Bridge.
The Gunners are 12 points behind the Blues following the 3-1 defeat in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off, all-but ending their hopes of winning the Premier League title.
And while Wenger was critical about the decision to allow Chelsea’s first goal to stand, he did admit that it was not an excuse for what was to follow.
“It was a foul,” the Gunners boss said.
“If you look at a number of games recently we can feel sorry.
“It was 100 per cent a foul, it was even dangerous play. That doesn’t take anything away from the performance of Chelsea.”
He then added: “We had a strong start but didn’t take the opportunities and after half-time the second goal was the killer for us.
“We were really naive and not clinical in our defending.
“Then Chelsea looked the better side. We took risks and they were well organised and played well on the counter attack and looked powerful.
“We lost ball the many times. In situations we lacked maturity and experience. Individually some of our players were not at their best today.”