Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping that his players will take the positives from their “difficult to accept” defeat against Man Utd on Saturday evening and use that loss to kick on for the rest of the season.
Arsenal was undone by a combination of brilliant goalkeeping and bad luck and not by a poor performance and Wenger wants his players to be angry about the defeat.
‘I believe the result has to make us angry and even more determined,’ he said. ‘If I am a player, and I think with what we produced, we have a huge potential, and we lose the game, we cannot accept that. ‘De Gea is an outstanding goalkeeper and I don’t want to take anything away. But we had situations, despite De Gea, where we should have scored.
‘But I take a lot of positives and I feel sorry for the players — that’s why I’m angry. Especially when you produce that quality of performance. ‘We have lost games here against Man United where we didn’t deserve anything. But what makes you angry is that you produce that performance and in the end you have nothing to show for it. ‘That’s very difficult to accept.’
Arsenal are out of a top four spot and the players will need to take on board those comments from Wenger, it is going to be tough for the Gunners this season to finish in a Champions League qualification spot but if they perform like they did against United on a consistent basis then they will give themselves an excellent chance.
Wenger does not blame the players for the loss, he blames himself despite the fact that some of the defending was questionable at best.
‘Look, I am not here to especially blame people. I am blaming nobody — I am blaming myself as always,’ he added. ‘I just say, I want Arsenal Football Club to win. When the performance is of that quality, we have to be efficient. We are in this job to be efficient, you know. So I blame first myself.’