Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, says his side was not happy with the point in yesterday’s North London derby, but they didn’t find the right through balls to open Chelsea’s solid defence.
The Arsenal manager and his team failed to beat Mourinho for the 10th consecutive time and have slipped down to second place on the Premier League log.
Arsenal struggled to find their feet in the game, but only created a few opportunities late in the game.
“They defended well, they were well organized and we didn’t find our zippy movements to play through the lines was we can do,” Wenger said in his post-match press conference.
“But I think in the second half there was room to win the game.
“Overall they were happy with the point, and we were not happy with the point, but we couldn’t take our few chances we created.”
Mourinho’s defensive substitutions underpinned Wenger’s statement and the Arsenal manager says he understands why the Chelsea boss was happy with the referee.
“I think the referee not had a great game at all,” Wenger added.
“I think it was a penalty, honestly. If I am wrong, I apologize. I haven’t seen it on video, but from outside it looked like a penalty.”
When asked about the dangerous tackle by John Obi Mikel on Arteta, Wenger tried to answer more diplomatic: “Honestly I have to watch that again on TV, on pitch it looked bad, but the referee was in a good position.”
Arsenal – who haven’t won in four competitive games – will be hoping to bring their campaign back on track when they face trips to West Ham and Newcastle before they welcome Cardiff on New Year’s Day.
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