By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger insists that Arsenal's lack of consistency is not linked to a lack of experience in his squad.

A week after extolling the virtues of his team in the wake of a fine win over Manchester United, Wenger had to address their faults as Aston Villa inflicted a fourth Premier League defeat of the campaign.

The Frenchman admits that Arsenal have struggled to maintain their usual high standards this season but defended his decision not to bring in another experienced player during the summer.

"Not really, we had no player we really wanted and for now we have no regrets," said Wenger

"You cannot explain the own goal of Gael Clichy by the fact we haven’t got an experienced player in midfield.

"I think we were not, as a team, sharp enough to dictate the pace and be dominant in the fight [against Aston Villa]."

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