Arsene Wenger has backed Arsenal’s young performers and, without really naming names, expressed disappointment that some of his senior players fell short in the 2-1 defeat to Southampton.
The Arsenal manager was frustrated at the team’s inability to score an equalising goal having conceded a penalty and a 30 yard screamer in the first half.
“I think if we lost the game tonight it’s not because of Hayden and it’s not because of Chambers,” said Wenger. “It’s not because of Coquelin. We have to be realistic.
“I think the first reason for our defeat is the quality of our opponent and the performance of our opponent. The fact that we couldn’t score – we scored from a free-kick but apart from that we couldn’t score.
“If you look at the amount of possession we had in the second half, and you play for so long with the amount of possession we had, you have to score.”
Adding to his disappointment was the fact that the two goals the Gunners conceded were avoidable.
“It’s disappointing because we had a good start and we made two unnecessary errors on the two goals – they were big ones.”
Wenger also revealed that he couldn’t risk playing Per Mertesacker or Kieran Gibbs as both went into the game with slight problems, yet they both were named on the bench due to the lack of options in defence.
The duo are expected to be fit for the North London derby on Saturday however.