Arsene Wenger says a mixture of bad luck and bad refereeing was responsible for Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea.
The Gunners had been hoping to get their season back on track following recent defeats to Manchester United in the Premier League and Barcelona in the Champions League, but a late Ashley Williams winner simply added to their mounting worries.
However, after watching his side hit the woodwork twice, Wenger was loathe to attach too much blame to his players.
“The performance was okay, but we were unlucky on the night,” he told Sky Sports. “We were on top and hit the bar a number of times. We were unlucky on the first goal.”
The Frenchman was also angry about what he believed to be a foul in the build-up to Wayne Routledge’s first half equaliser for the visitors.
“There was a foul on [Mesut] Ozil; we stopped playing and they took advantage of that. I still don’t understand why it was not given a foul. We were really unlucky.
“What we want is to win the next game.”
Wenger came in for some criticism from the home fans for his decision to substitute goalscorer Joel Campbell in the second half when he was arguably his side’s biggest threat.
He, though, has defended the decision, claiming it was necessary due to the Costa Rican’s recent lack of games.
“I knew that Joel had not played for a while and I knew that he would start to tire. I thought Welbeck would come on and fit in well.”
Wenger refused to say if the result would mean the end of Arsenal’s title hopes.
“We won’t talk about the title tonight, I’m not in the mood,” he said.
“At the moment I am worrying more about the result,” said Wenger, when asked how the loss would affect Arsenal’s title bid.
“We’ve just lost three games and that is always a very difficult moment for the team.
“So at the moment we don’t dream, we have to be realistic and come back to what we do well. And do the basics.
“We want the focus to be on trying to win the next game, and we won’t talk about the title tonight. I’m not in the mood to do that tonight.
“It’s a big disappointment and we have to swallow that and bounce back.”
When pressed again about Arsenal’s title prospects, Wenger replied: “I don’t know, it’s very difficult to say because everybody has dropped points.
“I think at the moment I believe we have first to come back to a positive result before we speak about the championship, and that’s what is at stake at the moment.
“It’s unpredictable, and Man City lost, Tottenham lost, it’s very difficult to predict what will happen in this league.”