Arsène Wenger blames Man City defeat on Arsenal injury crisis

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal were rocked too hard by injuries to cope with Manchester City after the London side lost 1-0

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Arsene Wenger's side are now 12 points behind Manchester City PA Photos

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Arsène Wenger blamed Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester City on the London side’s injury woes after they were forced to reshuffle their back four mid-way through the second half.

Arsenal were already without first-choice full-backs Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs for the trip to Eastlands and Wenger had to deploy centre-halfs Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny in unfamiliar roles.

However, Djourou was substituted with a groin problem shortly after the break, forcing Wenger to adjust his defence one again – and the Arsenal boss blames the impromptu reorganisation for David Silva’s eventual winner.

“I feel we suffered from reshuffling our defence completely,” said Wenger. “We have no full backs at the moment and every injury is difficult to cope with.

“We knew it was vital to have a splendid defensive performance and we had that in the first half. In the second half once we had injuries at the back it was too much.

“Djourou’s injury gives us a new problem and unfortunately at the moment there are no solutions.”

Arsenal were unlucky to lose a thrilling match with both side’s having a handful of chances and Gunners defender Thomas Vermaelen seeing a late effort expertly saved by City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Wenger has now set his sights on registering more points as they try to keep pace with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea above them in the table.

“Encouragement is good but it is not enough – we want points,” he said. “I feel it is frustrating because we had a quality performance with a quality spirit.

“We lacked a little bit of something in the final third and their goalkeeper [Joe Hart] had a good game. Overall it is very disappointing for us to come out with no points. But we have to take the positives out of the game and come back in the next one.

“You could see there was very little between the two teams and the one that could score first certainly had the advantage to win the game.”

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