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Wenger Post Match Reaction: ‘We weren’t good enough to win the game’

Here are some of Arsene Wenger’s comments after today’s shocking 1-0 loss at home to Blackburn  in the FA Cup:

on any regrets over team selection…
No. We had 11 international players on the pitch at the start of the game. When we made the changes we were at 0-0.

on the performance…
We had a lot of the ball and [Blackburn] defended well. I believe we had 70 per cent of the ball, we had 16 shots at goal, they only had one shot at goal. For us it’s a typical cup game where it’s important not to concede and keep a clean sheet and I think we made a massive mistake on the goal. In a game like that it was down [to us] to keep a clean sheet and score in the final 15 minutes.

on the mistake on the goal…
I do not want to go too much into detail but I believe we were really guilty on the goal.

on losing to Bradford and now Blackburn…
If you look at the Premier League teams who went out against lower-league sides you will see it happened to many of them. We were not good enough to win the game, it is as simple as that.

on whether that is acceptable…
Not one defeat is acceptable. You are in this job to win every single game.

on the reaction of the fans…
I can understand it. You do not want your fans to be happy when you lose at home to Blackburn when the team has one shot at goal.

on where this defeat ranks…
It is very painful and very disappointing to lose a game like that. What is important now is to focus on the next one.

on missing out on two trophies…
Of course it is disappointing. It is very difficult to accept but it happened and we had enough chances to win, but we didn’t. Offensively we lacked ruthlessness and calm in front of goal. We didn’t make enough of our corners, and we were vulnerable on one mistake.

on how difficult this season has been…
The season is not over. For you maybe, not for me.

on facing Bayern Munich yet…
I think it is important to focus on our next game and it is a good opportunity to show that we have character and are men who can fight for each other. That is all you can do. You take a distance in terms of what people say and show how strong and good you are in the next game.

on lifting the team…
It is not difficult at all. It is our job. If we feel sorry for ourselves we would be completely wrong. We have a massive game on Tuesday night and we have to show that we some response in the team.

on the reaction to the defeat…
I leave all the headlines and the definite thinking to you. Football is much more unpredictable than that and I believe that 16 years without losing against a lower-league team, no one has done it so that means now up until now the record has been quite good. It is very disappointing that the two [defeats] have happened in the same season but I prepared these two in the same way that did in the 16 years before. If you lose a game people will be very unhappy, I am as well don’t worry.


9 comments… add one

  • Steve. February 16, 2013, 8:00 pm

    Arsene you don’t have to tell us,We weren’t good enough,we saw the match,

  • Eddy February 16, 2013, 8:22 pm

    Pls Arsene Wenger should be forced to bite the bullet. Playing Gamble with the match wasn’t the best option for the club and the supporters.
    Wenger should stop messing with †ђξ fans emotion.

  • David February 16, 2013, 9:21 pm

    Arsene wenger u r a fool of 40 u don’t knw ur job as a coach again u jus need leave arsenal before it become worse and u were senceless using geo I don’t even no hw to spell his name jus leave arsenal u old fool.

  • David February 16, 2013, 9:25 pm

    Arsene wenger u r a fool of 40 u don’t knw ur job as a coach again u jus need leave arsenal before it become worse and u were senceless using geo I don’t even no hw to spell his name jus leave arsenal u old fool.yes.

  • UMOH EKWO February 16, 2013, 10:30 pm

    Wenger will always have something to say after a disappointing match like today’s and the next time, he will approach the match the same way. Go and check your records how many matches the club has won before playing a champions league game. They are very few. The pattern is the same.As far as I am concerned, Wenger lacks good judgement as a manager. Forget about 16 years of achievements. They are now being rubbished. I think his ideas are diminishing with years. He should go. Period.

  • Aussie Jack February 16, 2013, 11:46 pm

    The players let you down Arsene, they`re either not good enough or they need their arses kicked….hard!

  • Dubzie February 17, 2013, 12:39 am

    You can’t blame Wenger for the players failings on the pitch today. That group of players should have humiliated Blackburn.

  • segzyfbaby February 17, 2013, 6:58 am

    Wengar caused it, we ain’t got a good stricker, gerioud can’t hold ball and he can’t even position himself for. a good pass, I don’t know why wengar has decided to be punishing us

  • Steve. February 17, 2013, 9:07 am

    What do you mean,you can’t blame Wenger,for the players failings on the pitch today,
    it was Wenger who brought these so called players to the club,apart from young Jack,
    i can’t think of one player that would get in any of the top four clubs.

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