‘Weak’ Arsenal lacked ‘urgency’, admits Wenger

Date published: Wednesday 30th November 2016 10:57

Arsene Wenger has questioned Arsenal’s mentality after the Gunners fell down to a 2-0 defeat against Southampton in the EFL Cup.

The Saints did all the damage in the opening half and Wenger believes that ultimately paid the price for not being able to match up to their south-coast opponents.

“We didn’t have enough urgency in the first half, we were weak in some departments and we paid for that,” Wenger told reporters.

The Frenchman was forced into a change just before the break when Mohamed Elneny was withdrawn, and Wenger elaborated on his condition.

He added: “Elneny was sick before the game and I could see after 10 minutes that he wasn’t right. He has no injury but he has a stomach problem.”

He added: “I regret that we lost the game. We had played well until now.

“If you look at the players who played well tonight, some of those who did not play tonight were on the edge.

“In midfield we had Coquelin, Ramsey, Elneny, Xhaka, Perez… Giroud was injured. We had Iwobi, one of the regular players in the first team.

“The problem wasn’t there. We had players who are used to top-level competition. But we didn’t have the right urgency.

He added: “I’m disappointed. We had a disappointing performance, particularly in the first half.

“I think we were not good enough defensively and gave cheap goals away in the first half.

“It was better in the second, but it was one of those nights where you look like you could play two hours without scoring a goal.

“We didn’t have enough urgency in the first half and were weak in some departments. We paid for that. We were not incisive enough in the first half especially.

“They played deeper in the second half and were sharper than us and fitter. If you give someone a handicap of two goals, against a Premier League side it’s difficult.”

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