Arsene Wenger says that Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to West Brom was not down to the Arsenal players having a bad attitude.
Despite some of them clearly not doing their jobs, especially from set-pieces, the manager insists they were just naive rather than anything else.
Craig Dawson scored twice for the Baggies after dismal defending, or no defending at all, allowed him to head home good corner deliveries, but the Frenchman insisted it wasn’t down to any lack of effort.
“I think you don’t see any obvious signs of lack of attitude,” he said. “That’s what people always criticise when you lose a game. I think we took the responsibility to take the game to them, and it didn’t work today.
“We are certainly a bit short of confidence as well, but I don’t think it’s an attitude problem.
“Our record on defending set-pieces is quite good since the start of the season, but I must say their delivery is absolutely great and we were a bit naive on their movement.
“I think on the first goal they blocked the keeper as well, and the third. It’s not easy for the keeper to intervene in that kind of situation.”
Well, there you go. We were just naive. We can take some naivete supplements and be all set for our next game.