‘We’re 100 per cent guilty… we must swallow that’

Arsene Wenger

Seventy-seven per cent possession, six shots on target, one big penalty shout and one disallowed goal - but ultimately no points from Saturday's Premier League clash with Stoke City.

It is a tough defeat to take but, as Arsene Wenger told the media in his post-match press conference, one which we can only blame ourselves for.

on the game…
It’s the kind of the night where you are angry because not only did we not score with the number of chances we had, we made stupid mistakes centrally. First by losing the ball and then afterwards we didn’t defend properly for the goal. On top of that, I think we were unlucky with some of the referee’s decisions because we scored a regular goal.

on whether Lacazette’s goal should have stood…
One hundred per cent. I’ve just watched it and it’s not offside at all.

on whether his foot was actually offside…
Even his foot was not offside. We have to swallow that and we should have scored despite that. I think it’s just another detail that didn’t go our way. I believe that we lost three big points today. Other teams might take points here that we have dropped today. In football, when you don’t win, you can only look at yourself.

on our defending…
Last week we conceded two goals on corners. They only had three shots on goal, so I don’t feel that we defended that badly. On set-pieces, yes. Today I would say that we can look at ourselves and we are 100 per cent guilty on the goal we conceded.

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