Arsene Wenger Blames Arsenal For Undermining Anderlecht

Posted: Nov 5 2014, 1:23am CST | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Arsene Wenger Blames Arsenal For Undermining Anderlecht
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Arsene Wenger Blames Arsenal For Undermining Anderlecht

Arsene Wenger was not happy with the way Arsenal played during their clash with Anderlecht. According to Guardian, Wenger felt that his team was concentrating on stopping their opponents from making a strike which caused them to miss the opportunities that would have pushed them above the group rankings.

Arsenal managed to score 3 goals against Anderlecht's 3 but Wenger felt that the gunners could have done much better. The club manager said his players felt comfortable after getting the three goals while their rivals had nothing at all.

According to Wenger, his boys would have scored more goals at 3-0 but due to change in their attitude, Anderlecht took advantage of their laxity to equalize.

Since Arsenal and Anderlecht drew at 3-3, Wenger and his boys can forget about emerging as winners in their group. Judging by the team's recent history, the draws have become obvious because it's what has been stopping them from moving to the next level.

As a matter of fact, for the last four seasons, the team has not managed to go past the last 16 level. This means that with their current draw with Anderlecht, their chances of moving to the final 16 category are so narrow.

Things would have been different if the match would have come to an end at 3-0 with the last goal being owed to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's efforts in the 58th minute. However, things took a different turn when Anderlecht brought in Aleksander Mitrovic. The substitute actually did not disappoint because he managed to score the last goal towards the end of the second half, resulting in a 3-3 draw.

“At 3-0, we thought the job was done,” Wenger said. “It was fatigue, as well. They finished stronger and sharper. We got punished. Maybe, we subconsciously underestimated Anderlecht and we got punished. In the Champions League you need to be at the right mental level or you get punished. Certainly, we were not. Subconsciously, you can think the game is won.”

Anderlecht's manager, Besnik Hasi, had a different opinion because he felt Arsenal focused on scoring more goals while leaving their defense vulnerable. Hasi argued that the gunners wanted to win by a landslide at 3-0 which is contrary to Wenger's thoughts.

“We dropped off too much and we didn’t go into the challenges any more,” Wenger said. “Then, you are always open. We didn’t stop the crosses, the long balls. In the second half, it was bad defending more than being out-numbered.

“We gave a poor defensive performance from the first to the last. We never felt comfortable. There was a bit of bad luck because the first [Anderlecht] goal was offside but our defensive performance was not good enough. Across the pitch defensively, we were very, very poor.”

Arsenal had to continue playing without Mikel Arteta after he suffered from a harmstring injury in the 62 minute. Arteta is one of the team's best mid fielder. The player has suffered several injuries in the previous matches and is believed to have gone through scanning. Though Wenger admitted that he means a lot to the gunners, he did not comment on the severity of his injury.

“When we lost Arteta we lost a bit today,” Wenger said. “He was one of the few who defended well.” On his part, Arteta felt that the gunners still had the opportunity to advance their offensive because they were ahead with two scores.

“It is just not good enough. We have thrown everything away today. Even after conceding the first goal we still had a two-goal lead. It has blown our chances of winning the group and that is the main aim at the start of the competition,” Arteta said.

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