Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has accepted that his team were outplayed by Everton as they crumbled to a 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park.
This defeat now means Everton are just one point behind the Gunners in the league table with a match in hand and now have a wonderful opportunity to grab a top four spot at Arsenal’s expense. The home side came out stronger of the two teams in the first half and looked more determined to get something out of this game. Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku scored in quick succession in the first half, while an own goal from Mikel Arteta in the 61st minute sealed the outcome of this game.
The Gunners have now won just one of their last six matches – a huge dip in form for a side who were competing for the title few weeks back. They once again failed to deliver against a top side on a big occasion and questions are now being raised about the future of Arsene Wenger at the club. The French though was honest in his assessment of the match and pointed out that his team was comprehensively outplayed by Everton.
“Everton were better than us. We were not at a good level and have to come back to basics.
“We gave away an early goal and then a second that was very easy to avoid.
“In the second half when we looked like we were coming back into the game we gave the third goal away.
“It is a very disappointing performance overall.” – The Arsenal manager said in a post-match interview.
Arsenal have now suffered big defeats against Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton and when Arsene Wenger was asked whether the previous results had any psychological effect on his side, he replied: “It is tough to say, and that cannot be used as an excuse anyway.”
Arsenal will now face Wigan Athletic in the semi-final of the FA Cup, their last hope of salvaging this season, and Wenger will hope that his players can get this defeat out of their system quickly and gain focus ahead of that big match. Arsene Wenger has insisted that it is his responsibility to help the players regain their confidence ahead of the fixture.
“It is my job (to pick the players up). We go into an FA Cup semi-final and that is the target. We have to pick ourselves up and come back with a different spirit.” – Wenger added.