"I can't put my finger on where we went wrong." You never hear those words from Arsène Wenger, largely because he leaves no stone unturned when analysing his team's performances, both individually and collectively.
The Frenchman has had much to ponder this season after a disappointing campaign at home and in Europe. As usual he has studied the stats and he drew a number of conclusions - both positive and negative - at his final pre-match press conference of the season.
"Our conversion rate is not the best in the league. It is mid-table," began Wenger. "Our aggressiveness is a little bit lower than the others. We hear about the number of fouls, which is much lower. The number of tackles we made is much lower and that is linked with the conversion rate as well.
"On the other hand we have shown qualities that nobody else has shown. We are the only team that has scored 21 goals in the last 15 minutes. We have a mental strength and a technical quality that can really be predominant."
Most striking of all is the contrast between Arsenal's record against the Premiership's elite and their record against the also-rans. Wenger's side did the double over Manchester United this season, forged two draws against Chelsea and beat Liverpool three times in all competitions. But they have slipped up time and again when playing teams from the bottom half of the table.
"If you make a table of the top four we are top," explained Wenger. "If you make a table of the top 10 we are second, three points behind Man Utd. If you make a table of the top 20 we are 25 points behind the leader.
"It means we have lost the points against the second part of the table. That shows that we have to progress and improve in some areas. But as well that we have the potential to fight for the championship."
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