Arsene Wenger: Chelsea Defeat Lowest of Career


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After Chelsea FC’s 6-0 victory against Arsenal which effectively ended the Gunners’ title hopes, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was asked about the embarrassing loss and he was quite candid with the media. It was Wenger’s worst defeat of his career and Chelsea’s record win over Arsenal in any competition. The talk leading up to the match was about Arsenal coming to Stamford Bridge and ending Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten streak at home. Common sense dictated that Arsenal would take a defensive approach and try to win the midfield battle but Wenger opted for a more offensive lineup.

After the match, Wenger did not attend his full press conference but instead spoke briefly with the BBC and said:

"“This defeat is my fault, I take full responsibility for it. I don’t think there’s too much need to talk about the mistakes we made. We got a good hiding today. It’s one of the worst days (in my career). It’s over after 20 minutes and it’s a long game after that. You don’t prepare all week to experience that kind of experience.”"

The problem with Wenger’s statement is that there is much to talk about after a match like that. Even before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s handling of the ball in the penalty area, Chelsea were bossing the midfield and had already scored two goals from easy turnovers at or around the halfway mark. Arsenal capitulated the way they did against Manchester City and Liverpool earlier in the season and showed no character.

All teams have their bad days but it is rare to see a Mourinho managed team receive a beating like that when they are behind their manager. A 6-0 defeat shows a lack of character and belief in a team and that is very worrisome for Wenger, Arsenal and world football legend or not.

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