Wenger on the game, performance, and responsibility

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Arsene Wenger spoke to Sky after today’s 3-1 defeat to West Brom. This is what the manager had to say.

On the game and result

“It was a typical premier league game these days where there’s a team who has a lot of the ball and a team who plays on counter-attack and set-pieces.

“We knew the danger that could come, but we got caught again in the second half and unfortunately we could not score.”

Should the players take more responsibility

“We all take responsibility. It’s always a bit disappointing when we lose a game like that. We have to take responsibility and prepare for our next games.”

Was West Brom’s set-piece threat mentioned before the game

“Yes, of course. We work always on the same system for every single game. Their delivery is fantastic, but we were guilty especially on the second goal. Overall, I must say they can score against anybody on set pieces.”

He seemed upset at West Brom’s second goal

“No,I thought it was offside but the referee said it’s not offside.”

Was it a penalty on Mustafi

“Yes, I thought so but at the moment these kind of decisions don’t go our way.”

Injuries to Cech and Alexis

We lost Petr on a calf problem, Sanchez stayed on but he was not himself – his ankle doesn’t look good. When it doesn’t go well, it’s always the same.

Four defeats in five

“It’s very worrying, we’re not used to that and I think we have a hell of a task now to fight back. We have to regroup now because we have many big games coming up. Everybody goes away now, we have to recover and prepare well for the end of the season.”

What do you as manager do?

“Focus on analysing where we are not good at the moment, and correct what didn’t work today.”

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