Arsene Wenger: “We were beaten in the duels”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wore a disappointed look as he attempted to explain the Gunnners’ 2-1 loss at home to Watford, a result that puts Arsenal’s title aspirations in jeopardy as they trail Chelsea by 9 points heading into their clash at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking about what went wrong for Arsenal today, Wenger said, “It was obvious we lost duels and were not sharp enough. It looked more mentally that we were not ready for the challenges. We were unlucky for the first goal which was deflected after a soft free-kick. It took us a while to get into the game, it was all us in the second half and unlucky not to get something from the game.

“You look at the facts and we were beaten in the duels. When you play at home in our position, that is not normal. Everybody in the Premier League is strong physically and 90% is not enough,” he added.

Wenger continued, “We knew the solution was going wide but we were not patient enough and wanted to give too many long balls. We did not pass the ball quickly enough and we have to stick to our game, then we are always dangerous.”

Typically though, Wenger didn’t fault his side’s preparation and chose to look forward instead of behind, saying, “Where does it leave the league? We lost today and we want to respond in the next game. You can only have a chance if you win your games. I knew exactly what we were preparing for but we have to learn from tonight.”

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