A poor first half display meant that Arsenal went in 2-0 down at the break after goals from Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney. When asked about the team’s preparations after the match, Wenger instead asserted that subconsciously some players could have felt they just needed to turn up to win last night. He was quoted by Arsenal.com as saying:
“I have no basic regret, looking at the preparation, in the way that we prepared for the game. And did we think subconsciously that we will turn up and it will work? I don’t know. But from the stands I agree with you that our first half was not at the level that we wanted.”
The surprise home defeat means the Gunners slipped to third in the table, and are now nine points behind league leaders Chelsea, who drew 1-1 with Liverpool at Anfield yesterday.
Arsene Wenger’s side will now face the Blues next up at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon with the Gunners’ title ambitions hanging by a thread. A win would bring Chelsea back within touching distance with 14 games to go, but a draw or defeat would probably spell the end for the club’s chances of winning the league for another season.