Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s busy schedule didn’t help their preparations for today’s game at Manchester City but refused to use it as an excuse for the drubbing handed to them by Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Having arrived back in the UK early on Thursday morning after Wednesday night’s game in Naples, today’s match at the Etihad represented a third tough game in just six days. Speaking after the game the boss reflected:
“I don’t want to look for excuses after a defeat like that but it didn’t help. You know take any team you play Sunday afternoon, Wednesday away in the Champions League and Saturday morning away in league you are under threat.
“I said before the game I will not use it as an excuse and I don’t want to do it now. But it was not ideal, you could see that we were not as fresh as we should be for a big game.”
Having watched his side suffer at the hands of poor officiating throughout the game, the boss did aim both barrels at the referee and his flag happy assistants.
“I think we had three real offsides which were not turned down and the penalty turned down. The referee had a bad game.”
“It was a difficult game. We had the best defence in the Premier League and we conceded many goals today. Honestly, we could have scored at least six as well. It was for me a very open game but on our front I think we made too many mistakes. Our strengths until now was our defensive discipline and that went as the game went on.
“In the second half the regret I have is at 2-1 we make it 3-1, after we come back to 3-2 we make it 4-2 and always through easy mistakes. We were in a position where we could see the legs were tired a little bit and we had to run after the score. You have always more chances to lose more than to comeback because we had tired legs.
“In the end it was 6-3 but hurts me more is that we had an opportunity to put Man City at nine points and they are three tonight. That is very difficult to swallow because it’s a team that was not unbeatable today [Man City].”