Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2: We gave the game away, says Arsene Wenger
Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2: Arsene Wenger felt his side "gave the game away" after the Blues kept their 100 per cent record intact
Arsene Wenger felt his side gifted three points to Chelsea after the Blues maintained their 100 per cent record with victory at Emirates Stadium.
Roberto Di Matteo’s visitors took the lead in the 20th minute when Fernando Torres turned home Juan Mata’s free-kick but Gervinho levelled with a powerful close-range strike three minutes before the break.
However, Mata’s free-kick in the 53rd minute took a slight touch off Laurent Koscielny and beat Vito Mannone to hand the Blues a victory which keeps them top of the Premier League table.
“I feel we played against a good team, but we gave the game away,” said Wenger. “They had three shots on target and scored two goals, from soft set-pieces.
“Defensively we were just not at the level you have to be in a game like that, which is where we were punished today.
“For the rest, we have shown quality and spirit but we have to show more personality and authority on the goals we conceded.”
Wenger admitted that his side’s display was hampered by the fact the Gunners were forced to chase the game for long spells.
“When you play at home you do not expect to concede [to] two set pieces,” said Wenger. “That puts us every time on the back foot. We played two big games in a week, and it is difficult.
“Every time you are behind in a big game you have 65 per cent of chances to win the game. We came back last week and did so again today, but then straight away gave away another goal again.
“It is impossible because you have to take all the risks and open yourself up. You play against good players and they can hit you on the counter-attack. That is where we were not at the [right] level.”