After Swansea stunned them with a surprise 1-0 defeat, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that he was annoyed with the way their opponent played.
“We were unlucky I think against a team who refused to play completely and just defended,” the outspoken Wenger said during the post-game interview. “We’ve scored plenty of goals until recently.”
The manager went on to note that they also faced with the same situation in their last two home games. However, he admitted that the Swansea did put up a really impressive defense that the Gunners found hard to break.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski served as the toughest nut to crack for Wenger’s men, with him managing to stave off the closest attempt coming from Gunner forward Alexis Sanchez, as well as from Santi Cazoria. The Arsenal boss praised his former ward for the performance, but noted that their press might have been a bit too easy for him.
Wenger also admitted that they had been less patient during the match. “We rushed our finishing,” he remarked. “Sometimes we were maybe too eager to finish alone rather than passing the ball.” Arsenal controlled much of the ball possession during the mat=ch, but were not able to make a conversion. Olivier Giroud, Theo Alcott, and Aaron Ramsey all had the best chances, but failed to follow through with their openings.
The loss stalled Arsenal’s challenge to Manchester City for second place in the Premier League rankings, as they are still trail by three points.
Meanwhile, Swansea manager Garry Monk was very happy with the result they got from the match. He also defended the playing style they chose to go with for the game. “We could have come here and gone toe-to-toe but with the individual quality that Arsenal have, they could have maybe hurt us. We set up well with a game plan,” Monk explained.
Bafetimbi Gornis provided the winning shot for the Swans with just four minutes remaining in the match.