Arsene Wenger suggested Everton’s physicality was the difference at Goodison Park, but was also unhappy with Mark Clattenburg as Arsenal slipped to defeat.
Seamus Coleman and Ashley Williams secured a superb comeback victory for the Toffees as the Gunners missed the chance to reclaim top spot from Chelsea.
“I don’t think with five to go we deserved to lose the game but we were caught on two headers.” Wenger told BBC Sport.
“I think especially on the first one we were guilty, the second one was from a corner. We controlled Romelu Lukaku well but two defenders scored.
“Maybe we made it easy for them when they became more physical.
“They played a real cup game tonight.
“They defended well even when we controlled the game. We created chances but not too many were clear-cut. We battled hard. We put everything in and the players are very disappointed.”
Wenger was even less impressed with referee Mark Clattenburg for awarding the corner which led to Williams’ winner.
“Of course, it was no corner. You can see it was no corner,” he said after the team’s 14-match unbeaten league record was ended.
“I am really disappointed in Mr Clattenburg. He is in a really good position to see it and it is not the first time we are really unlucky with his decisions.
“The referee made his decision but that does not explain why we did not head the ball.
“We have to look at ourselves. We started well and after that lost a bit of urgency.
“We were a bit too comfortable and Everton made it very physical.
“I believe they disturbed our game and we created less. In the end unfortunately we didn’t take our chance or two.
“They played a cup game tonight. That is a big difference from what I saw recently from them.
“I don’t think they can repeat that in every game.”