Arsene Wenger has voiced his frustration at Arsenal’s poor results last week and has taken issue with what he feels were incorrect offside calls for City’s goals

Manchester City came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1, capping off a hugely disappointing week for the Gunners, who lost in similar fashion against Everton at Goodison Park during the midweek. Arsenal dropped a precious 6 points last week and are now 9 points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger could not help but hide his frustration after the game and feels that the Gunners put in good performances and deserved more:

“I think we’ve had an absolutely horrible week and what is worse is that out of two good performances, you get zero points. And out of two leading positions, we lost two games. That of course is very disappointing.

“Before we think about the nine points, we have to come back and be realistic. For a while we have not kept a clean sheet, and if you want to play at the top you have to keep clean sheets.” he told the club’s official website.

Wenger also felt his side were not at their best in the second half and bemoaned the incorrect offside decisions against his team :

“We certainly gave them hope with the 1-1. We dropped a bit physically in the second half and maybe mentally as well when they equalised. After that we tried to come back in the last 20 minutes. We were a bit unlucky on one or two occasions but they killed the game well. They know they have experience, they slowed down, went down and it was difficult to create the [chances].” he said.

“On top of all of that we conceded two offside goals, what is very difficult to accept in a game of that stature. But as it is well-known, the referees are protected very well, and that is right, like the lions in the zoo. So we have to live with those decisions.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal (L) speask to the fourth offical Robert Madley (R)during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Unhappy with the refereeing performance : Arsene Wenger speaks with 4th official Robert Madley during Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Several Arsenal players were off the pace against City last night, particularly Mesut Ozil, who came under fire from Arsenal fans after the game. This loss will further heap pressure on Arsene Wenger and his players, with last week’s loss to Everton also immediately sparking criticism that Arsene Wenger still can’t manage a game tactically.

With the next two fixtures coming thick and fast, Arsenal have no time to dwell on these results as more disappointment could see them effectively drop out of top four by the new year. Arsenal face West Bromwich Albion at home before hosting Crystal Palace, and Wenger cannot afford to lose either of those fixtures lest the Emirates faithful turn completely hostile.

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