English Premiership

Wenger fumes at team

2010-04-19 07:44
Arsene Wenger (AP)

England - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticised his side's lack of concentration after they squandered a two-goal lead in the last 10 minutes to lose 3-2 against struggling Wigan.

The Gunners seemed certain to beat Roberto Martinez's side on Sunday after goals from Theo Walcott and Mikael Silvestre gave them a comfortable advantage going into the last 10 minutes at the DW Stadium.

But Ben Watson reduced the deficit and Titus Bramble punished an error by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski before an injury-time winner from Charles N'Zogbia shattered Arsenal's title dreams and lifted Wigan clear of the relegation zone.

Wenger was furious with his team's failure to close out a victory that would have moved them to within three points of leaders Chelsea.

"It is difficult to understand," Wenger said. "Maybe the players felt too much comfort and you have to keep focused for 90 minutes or you get punished.

"You cannot be happy with the way we conceded the goals. There was a lack of urgency there and we were punished.

"I believe at our level you don't want to give excuses and you want to show your character in every single game. You can always find an excuse but that is not important."

Wenger wants his side to react in a positive way in the remaining fixtures against Manchester City, Blackburn and Fulham, although lifting the dressing room after gifting three points to the opposition as they did here will be no easy task.

The French coach refused to discuss his side's title hopes and said only: "We have to focus and try to win our next games."

Walcott's classy finish after a fine through ball from Nicklas Bendtner and Silvestre's glancing header from Samir Nasri's corner sent Arsenal into cruise control after 48 minutes.

But, led by N'Zogbia and 19-year-old Victor Moses, Wigan poured forward and no-one in the ground was surprised when Watson slotted home from 12 yards out with 10 minutes to go to breathe some life back into the home side.

With the final whistle approaching, Fabianski -- playing because of an injury to Manuel Almunia -- made the fatal mistake of dropping a corner onto Bramble's head and he nodded in before N'Zogbia thrashed home a 25-yarder with practically the last kick.

Martinez said: "Without a doubt that was (our) best win of the season. We have folded many times this season.

"We have been through some painful lessons this season, from the 9-1 against Spurs and, to come back from 2-0 down, I don't think too many do that, so I think we have learnt from our experiences.

"You don't get results like by accident, we deserved it."

Yet despite the huge boost in confidence and momentum the win is likely to give Martinez's squad, plus the fact the victory puts them comfortably clear off the relegation zone, the Spaniard is not ready to relax yet.

"We shouldn't get carried away, after Wednesday's (0-0) draw with Portsmouth, everybody said we were nearly relegated and now we should not think we are safe," he said.

"Not many come back from 2-0 down against Arsenal so we are really, really pleased.

"It has been a tough week for the players after not scoring against Portsmouth in the week but we deserved it.

"Moments like this are vital for our football club and our fans. I'm extremely proud of my players."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

 

10 ways to drive her wild!

Fill her nights with passion and drive her wild with the best sex ever!

 
 

Men24.com

Hottie of the day: Angela
10 things you should never say after sex
Guy code: Looking good for the ladies
SA surfer rides massive waves in Maui
Fixtures
22 November 2014
Stoke City v Burnley, Britannia Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Swansea City, Etihad Stadium 17:00
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Sunderland, King Power Stadium 17:00
Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers, St. James' Park 17:00
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Arsenal v Manchester United, Emirates Stadium 19:30
23 November 2014
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 15:30
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur, The KC Stadium 18:00
24 November 2014
Aston Villa v Southampton, Villa Park 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.