Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists it was not the fault of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for the second goal scored by Tottenham’s Kyle Walker in the 73rd minute in their 2-1 loss on Sunday afternoon.
The shot, which was from around thirty yards out but Wenger claims his keeper was “a bit unlucky”. The result places Arsenal five points adrift of their nearby rivals with the White Hart Lane side still with a game in hand after their first fixture was postponed due to the riots.
Wenger was also critical of the linesman after Rafael van der Vaart appeared to handle the ball prior to scoring the opening goal of the game.
“The referee, maybe, cannot see it, but how can the linesman not see it?”
The Arsenal manager did not refrain from defending his defence though and pointed out that things will need to change if the Emirates side are to start moving up the Premier League table.
“We lost a game when we were on top. We conceded two poor goals. I think the first goal was handball and second yellow card. After the second goal, I think we defended badly and made two or three mistakes in the same situation. Overall, it is a game we have come out of very disappointed because we feel we should not have lost it.”
On Szczesny who was unable to keep Walker’s shot at bay the 61 year old said:
“He knows that you cannot blame him on it, we know that Wojciech, himself, will feel, certainly, a bit unlucky on it.”
Arsene Wenger’s side next face under pressure Steve Bruce’s Sunderland at the Emirates after the international break.