By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger does not buy into the theory that Arsenal were too predictable against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Frenchman saw his team dominate possession at Stamford Bridge but lose 2-0 thanks to a first-half brace from Didier Drogba. The result leaves Arsenal nine points adrift of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.

A failure to mix up their attacking play and create genuine chances were among the charges levelled at Arsenal in the wake of their defeat but Wenger does not see it that way at all.

"I believe you have to accept that we lost the games with defensive mistakes, not because of our predictability," said the manager.

"Could they predict at the start of the game that the volley of Arshavin would hit the foot of Cech, that Nasri would make a bad control of the long ball when he was clean through, that Bendtner would be brought down? Could they predict all that? We had plenty of chances in the game.

"When you try to have a positive philosophy, if you don't win you are more criticised than a team who refuses to play. It is like that. Barcelona are praised when they win and if they don't win they are more criticised than any other team.

"What is predictable is that we try to pass the ball. Now if somebody can prove to me that the purpose in football is not to try to pass the ball, then OK I will believe it. I don't. It is down to me to make the difference between where we lost the games and where we didn't lose the games.

"I know as well that it's down to me to live with the criticism of people. But the same people who said that we will not be in the top ten now slaughter us because we are in the top three."

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10 Feb 2010