Arsenal Boss, The Frenchman watched on as his team were walloped 4-0 by the Saints, missing the chance to return to the top of the Premier League.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted Southampton ‘wanted it more’ after the Gunners were hammered 4-0 at St Mary’s. A Shane Long double, a wonder-strike from Cuco Martina and a Jose Fonte header condemned the Frenchman’s side to their fourth defeat of the season, leaving them two points behind leaders Leicester.Wenger had question marks over several of the Saints’ strikes, but admits his team were outfought on the south coast.
He said: “I believe that it is a difficult place to come. They chose to go very direct, a very physical approach, and we lost too many challenges to win the game. Shane Long made the game very physical. He got away with too much. “We were a bit unlucky because all the goals were discussable. Especially the second one and the third was not a corner. But what can I do about it? The score looks big but on the other side they won too many challenges for us to win. “We didn’t play well, I don’t dispute that, but with wrong decisions it is even more difficult to win. Well done to Southampton, decisions maybe went for them because they wanted it more than us.”
Wenger’s back five have started each of the last nine games, but he rejected claims that their fatigue cost them the game.
He added: “Southampton were sharp and that can happen sometimes. If you player players who have not played at all people would say they are not match fit. “We lost and we have to say well done to Southampton and respond in two days.”
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