Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal were too desperate in their pursuit for Premier League top spot as they suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton on Saturday.
Coming back from a win over title rivals Manchester City in their previous game, every gunner anticipated that Arsenal will go top of the table on Saturday after the League leaders Leicester City lost to Liverpool but they were all disappointed as the gunners were battered 4-0 at the saint Mary’s part.
It has been a kind of tradition that we now expect from Arsene Wenger and his team, a struggling Southampton was able to tear Arsenal into shreds, with not just 1 goal but 4 goals.
The Saints attack were to fast and difficult for the Arsenal defense to handle, and just like all other boxing day games, it came down to the team that desired it most.
The Saints took all 3 points by showing character that Arsenal lacked, and this may make you have a rethink if you thought Arsenal was going to win the title this season, displays such as this will see the title slip from their fingers.
After the game, the manager Arsene Wenger said that his team was punished for lack of sharpness.
“We lost too many challenges today. They were sharper than us,” Wenger told BT Sport .
“I think we were unlucky as well. Their first shot on goal went into the top corner from the right-back (Martina), the second goal came after a foul on (Laurent) Koscielny.
“It’s a disappointing result, but I have to say well done to Southampton. The referee let a lot go, but when you’re not dominant in challenges, that is the price you have to pay.”
Arsenal maintained second place in the table, with two points below the League leaders Leicester City and a point above Manchester City as they prepare for Monday’s home game with Bournemouth.
“The title is down to consistency to fight in every single game and produce a performance,” Wenger said.
“Today was a very physical game and we didn’t play well enough.”
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, was happy with his team’s performance as his side had not been victorious in their previous five matches and he said the players had produced a “perfect performance”.
He also said “We showed fantastic belief in everybody and showed how good we are today if we play at our level”.