Arsene Wenger has called for more perspective around Arsenal’s recent results, in particular the Carabao Cup final last Sunday and the defeat to Östersunds FK in the Europa League the previous Thursday.
The losses, the 5th and 6th of 2018 so far, have increased the pressure on the Arsenal manager, but when quizzed about them at his press conference on Wednesday, he grew somewhat defensive.
Having dealt with a string of questions about his future, the performance of the team was another bone of contention with him, and he suggested the results needed to be looked at in a wider context.
On the 3-0 loss to City at Wembley, he said, “I felt it was a very tight game until the 2-0. When you look at the end of the game, Man City had three shots on target and we had two.
“They dominate the league at the moment and there is a reason. You have to accept that. I am quite amazed how people analyse that.
“It looks like we have lost against bottom of the league in division five. We have lost against a team that dominates English football at the moment. Yes we are unhappy, yes we are disappointed, yes we are not happy with our performance.
“But we have to take perspective and I think that means sitting back a little bit, analysing it well with a distance and then coming in and committing for the next game.
“I think we lack a little bit of perspective in our analysis.”
While on the defeat to a Swedish side who have yet to even start their league season, he continued, “Again, there is no perspective. We won 3-0 in the first game, what you want in the two legs is to win the game and I accept we had a big disappointment on Sunday.
“But you cannot come out with the game against Östersund because we qualified.”
Some might argue that perspective means you look at a team that has seriously struggled most of the season, and won just four of its last thirteen games and take some conclusions from that.
This just sounds like excuse making.