Wenger: Many times we got away with it…not today

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Arsene Wenger refused to talk about referee Jon Moss’s decision to award Nottingham Forest two penalties as Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup at the third round stage for the first time in his tenure.

Speaking to BT Sport the boss admitted that a below-par performance by his weakened team was deservedly punished. Here’s what he had to say…

On the result…

We played against a Nottingham team who was very sharp, more dangerous than us and dominated us at the front. After that, it became a difficult game. We were a bit unlucky as well but overall, they were sharper and more incisive and won more challenges than us. We lost too many challenges to win a game like that.

On his team selection and players not performing…

That’s the inevitable question that comes with a cup game. We had many players on the edge, we have to play on Wednesday again. We’ve played Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday. Many times we got away with it…not today. Is it a selection problem? Maybe. Is it a performance problem? Maybe, as well.

On the two penalty decisions…

I don’t want to talk about that. I’m a bit tired of that.

On picking themselves up…

Yeah, of course. We have to respond quickly on Wednesday, we have a big game. Let’s focus on that one. It’s the semi-final of the League Cup and I think we of course have to respond quickly.

On going out at third round for the first time of his tenure…

You never put disappointments behind you. The only thing that can help is to focus on the next game. It’s true that we won the FA Cup three times in the last four years so it hurts even more. It’s a competition we love, that’s why it is disappointing that we were not at the [required] level today.

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