By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal were punished for every one of their “weak moments” at Blackburn on Saturday.

The visitors were leading 2-1 and seemingly in control at Ewood Park only to ship three goals in just over 20 minutes after half time. Marouane Chamakh’s late header gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope but time ran out on the them.

Afterwards, Wenger was able to draw comfort from certain aspects of his side’s performance. However he felt the midweek trip to Europe had taken the edge off his side and all their errors were seized upon.

“The positives are that we created many chances and, away from home, that is not easy,” he said. “We dominated the game but in the weak moments we had we were not strong enough to resist. We didn’t have many weak moments in the game but, every time we had one, we paid for it.

“We gave a lot at Dortmund [on Tuesday]. It is difficult to go away from home in the Champions League and go away again on Saturday morning. You could see in the second half that it had an influence. But it is the same for everybody and we have to deal with that.

“It is two different results because, on Saturday, I felt it was a lack of sharpness. It was a bit unfortunate as well because we had two deflections in our own goal. But overall we never looked completely secure enough.”

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18 Sep 2011