By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal were physically “tremendous” in the 3-2 defeat to West Brom at the weekend – they just got their priorities wrong.
The Frenchman has watched re-runs and crunched numbers since Roberto Di Matteo’s side chalked up the first away win at Emirates Stadium for nine months.
They both suggest the defeat was not down to lack of effort or possession. The manager believes that focus and errors at the back were the deciding factors.
“We did not get our priorities right - defend first, be patient when needed and win the game when you can win it,” he said. “We were in a rush and we neglected our defensive duties.
“When you have lost a game it is always better on the video than you thought straight afterwards. And, what we did physically was tremendous. We had the highest numbers this season in terms of sprints we made and distance we ran. So you cannot say we lacked effort.
“The quality of work was there and you cannot fault our fitness. It was just concentration and defensive mistakes.
“We rushed our game and did not respect our priorities."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 27 Sep 2010