Speaking after Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool, Arsene Wenger reflected on his team’s performance, Samir Nasri’s display, the controversy surrounding the two goals, Emmanuel Frimpong’s red card and looking ahead to Wednesday’s match with Udinese.
On the performance…
“We had eight players out and still had a good performance, so it is not all doom and gloom.
“We live under circumstances where every defeat is an absolutely a disgrace and an earthquake. We are very disappointed that we lost the game, but we are at the start of the season.
“The target is to have a good team and good players. You can spend money and have a bad team. You want the supporters to be happy and when you don’t win the game you can understand that they are not.
“For now it is important for us to lift the players because they are very disappointed today. We need to give them credit for their attitude and performance today, in the game it is very harsh to lose it the way we did.”
On being unlucky…
“I believe that the result is very harsh on the quality of our game. Overall we cannot say that at the moment that we are very lucky.
“I believe the [first] goal was offside today and that is absolutely scandalous. Every decision in the last three or four months, you cannot say it rains, it pours. It looks like the two were offside.
“If you lose games like that, when the referees are professional, it is very hard to accept. It’s difficult enough to play with ten men.
“Apart from that our overall attitude and spirit, despite all the problems was absolutely amazing.”
On Frimpong’s red card…
“It was a lack of experience. The boy has a big heart, he was a victim of his own enthusiasm.”
On speculation Nasri’s move to City has broken down…
“I don’t know more than you about that. I think he had a good game and I said before the game that he was committed to play and he did not only play but he played well. I always said that I would try to keep Samir Nasri and I have never changed my mind on it because I played him today.
“He loves the club, he wants to play for us, if we decide to sell him we will do it and we have to stand up for it. At the moment I am happy he is here.”
On moving forward…
“It is very difficult for us at the moment, it is very difficult to take the defeat on the chin today because with the effort we put in I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. For us the biggest problem is to lift the team and prepare for Wednesday.”
On whether he is miserable…
“I am here to win football games, not to lose games. You cannot be happy when you lose games like that.
“I don’t think about it like that [on being his hardest spell at Arsenal]. I think about the next game and try to win it.”