By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger may have been a manager for more than 1,000 games but even he could not have predicted Arsenal's capitulation at Wigan.
The Frenchman saw his Premier League title dreams all but evaporate at the DW Stadium last weekend as his team shipped three goals in the last ten minutes to snatch a 3-2 defeat from the jaws of victory.
Arsenal's promising campaign reached its nadir at around 3pm last Sunday and, as Wenger reflected on those miserable moments, one word kept cropping up.
"I was shocked," he admitted. "It was a big shock. We talked about it this week and it was a big shock for players as well.
"Football is rational but not predictable. Who can predict Arsenal is 2-0 up with ten minutes to go and loses 3-2? I have managed 1,000 games and I still cannot predict that.
"But sometimes a game gets out of hand."
Wigan were cock-a-hoop at the final whistle but, although he can do nothing about it, Wenger still thinks his team were hard done by on the day.
"I still believe the first goal was a foul on the goalkeeper and the second goal is a free kick for us," he said.
"Big games are decided by moments like that. In Barcelona v Inter [on Tuesday], the third goal was offside and Barca should have had a penalty, so it could have been 2-2 and it was 3-1.
"But you have to explain to everybody why you lost the game."