Monday, 14th January, 2013
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels that his side need to find some defensive solidity after losing 2-0 at home against Manchester City.
Two first half goals, from James Milner (21 minutes) and Edin Dzeko (32 minutes), put Arsenal to the sword at the Emirates Stadium.
In truth Arsenal were up against it after having defender Laurent Koscielny sent off after just ten minutes, when he brought down Dzeko in the box. The Gunners did have a let-off though, as Dzeko missed the resulting penalty.
The team numbers were eventually evened out, after Vincent Kompany saw red for his tackle on Jack Wilshere after 76 minutes.
There was no way back for Arsenal though and Wenger was left thinking his team need to be a bit more intelligent when it comes to the defensive aspect of their game.
"We have to fight to do as well as possible until the end of the season", he told his club’s official site, after being asked about the top four battle.
"I feel we need to find in this kind of game more defensive stability.
"The way we gave the ball away today, it was a combination of a combination of a lack of concentration and a bit of awareness."
Wenger also defended Kompany, who has claimed he was going for the ball when being sent off, agreeing with the Belgian.
"I haven’t seen it again. It looked like both went for the ball", he said.
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