Arsene Wenger says his side made life too easy for former keeper Lukasz Fabianski as Swansea held firm against an Arsenal onslaught before stealing a late winner at the Emirates.
The Gunners missed a host of opportunities as they looked to break the deadlock in the second half and were made to pay for their profligacy as Bafetembi Gomis headed the only goal with five minutes remaining.
Speaking to the media after watching the end of his side’s impressive unbeaten run the boss couldn’t hide his frustration.
“We were unlucky I think against a team who refused to play completely and just defended. It was a question of being patient enough and if we couldn’t win it not to lose it.
“Overall I was encouraged by the quality that we showed in the second half, but it’s frustrating. When you cannot win a game, don’t lose it. We knew exactly what could happen. It was not even a break. We were warned of the kind of goal they could score with Montero kicking the ball in the air and we were short in jumping for the ball.
“For the rest we rushed our finishing because we had plenty of chances in the second half. It was just a question of scoring a goal.
“Fabianski did well tonight,” he continued. “I believe as well on some occasions we made it too easy for him.
“We’ve scored plenty of goals until recently. In the last two home games we didn’t score and that was frustrating because when you have so much of the ball and play with such accuracy around the box.
“They defended well. They came just to defend with four defenders and six midfielders, and they defended. That’s it. If you win, you’re fantastic but if you lose people say to you, ‘why did you not play?’. They won so they are fantastic.”
Pressed again on the reason for defeat, the boss, clearly exasperated, added: “I just told you, we rushed our finishing. Sometimes we were maybe too eager to finish alone rather than passing the ball. Sometimes we had to force the situation and in the end you have to give them credit – they defended well.”
So a bad night at the office. Certainly an evening to forget after many memorable victories in recent weeks. Second place now looks like a tall order
and even securing third will depend on what happens but we can secure third place with a win at Old Trafford on Sunday. Right now that game can’t come soon enough.