‘They were sharper and more decisive’

Arsene Wenger faced the media shortly after watching us lose 3-0 at Crystal Palace.

This is what he said about the game:

on the defeat…
We faced a team who played very deep, went for a game that was very direct, and we lost many direct duels and many second balls because they were sharper than us and more decisive. Overall, we created many dangerous situations but we couldn’t score. In the first half, we had problems getting in the game after 10 or 15 minutes. We came back into the game and had some dangerous situations that we couldn’t score from. In the second half, they came out strong, scored the second goal and from then on you could see it was more difficult. Even if we created more dangerous situations, we were always vulnerable on the counter-attacks because we threw everything forward. That’s a typical situation involving a team who tries to go forward and a team who plays on the counter-attack.

on whether the players didn’t give 100 per cent…
I wouldn’t say that, no.

on what the team lacked…
Maybe it was the fact that we have lost a few away games. It’s really strange because for a long time we were unbeaten away from home, but since then we have been unable to win away from home. You could feel that it had an impact on us after the second goal tonight.

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