Arsene Wenger admits that yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough has left him frustrated, and says that the team lacked the creativity to break down a well organised opposition defence.
The visitors might even have won it with some good chances of their own, and the Arsenal manager believes midweek efforts in the Champions League left the Gunners far from their best.
“We paid a little price for the Champions League on Wednesday night,” he said. “Usually when you play at home you still would like to manage to win but we couldn’t. We could’ve lost the game as well in the first half, but that’s the modern game you know. If you don’t score early, if you’re not sharp enough, if you’re not creative enough. We lacked a bit of creativity today and then you can have a draw or even lose the game.
“I think I have a frustrated face, certainly, and I am. We had a lot of the ball, in the modern game it’s maybe not enough to win the games. We had 75 per cent possession but we didn’t have our usual pace in the combination or enough sharpness in our movement.
“In the first 20 minutes we were quite satisfied, after Middlesbrough came back in the game and were dangerous on the break. In the end, we couldn’t win it. At least we were intelligent enough not to lose it.”
The win was enough to move Arsenal to the top of the table, but they could be knocked off by Man City who play Southampton today – and there’s literally no way they’re going to drop points there.
It’s impossible. It simply cannot happen.