Wenger - We punished ourselves really

Arsene Wenger cut a frustrated figure on Tuesday night after a late Ashley Williams header condemned us to defeat against Everton.

The manager was disappointed that we lost control after opening the scoring through Alexis, then conceded two preventable goals.

He spoke to Arsenal Media after the game, and this is what he had to say:

on his assessment of the match…
We started well and were in control of the game. After that we lost a bit of urgency and Everton made the game very physical. From that moment on we lost some goals we are not used to losing. They disturbed our game really, they played a real cup game and at the end of the day we lost on two headers from two defenders. I believe it’s frustrating to lose with five minutes to go on a header like that and the first goal was a header as well. You could expect Lukaku to score a goal against us but not the way we conceded two goals here.

on losing the early control of the game…
We did. In football you have to defend well. We knew exactly what was happening and the first goal is exactly what we planned not to do. We have to look at ourselves tonight because we punished ourselves by not respecting completely the rules that we put out the night before we played.

on whether we should have had a penalty…
I think so, but what can I do?

on not panicking ahead of trip to Man City…
We have to recover. We play five games away from home out of six and we have a fantastic away record. We want to keep that strength and prepare well for the next one.

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