Arsene Wenger says Arsenal were not good enough defensively as Southampton scored twice in the first half to knock the Gunners out of the League Cup at the Emirates for the second time in three seasons.
Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand did the damage for Claude Puel’s slick outfit before the break on an evening where the Gunners mix-and-match starting XI failed to click.
Speaking after the game, Wenger made clear that his side have no excuses.
“On the night we were not at our best. There are no excuses and we can only say Southampton were better than us,” he said.
“We were not good enough defensively and we gave cheap goals away.
“We didn’t have enough urgency in the first half. We were weak in some departments and we paid for that.
“I have no regrets over the selection, I regret we lost the game.”
“They defended deep and were sharper and fitter than us. With a two-goal advantage they defended very well,” Wenger added.
“It’s one of those nights where you can play for two hours and not score.”
So, our unbeaten run that stretched back to the first day of the season is over. Next, it’s a tricky away fixture at West Ham’s new home.
Hopefully, the big guns that were rested this evening will be eager to get things back on track…because quite frankly, this evening was codswallop. The sooner it’s forgotten, the better.
On the plus side, that’s two fewer games in January to worry about.