Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 0: We lacked fluency, admits Arsene Wenger
Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 0: Arsene Wenger admits his Gunners side lacked fluency after they were held to a draw in Birmingham
Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal lacked “fluency and accuracy” after the Gunners were held to a goalless draw at Aston Villa.
Villa’s Andreas Weimann saw his goal ruled out for offside and Laurent Koscielny spurned Arsenal’s best chance of the first half at a rain-soaked Villa Park.
Aaron Ramsey went close for the visitors after the break, before Brett Holman’s long-range effort was tipped on to the bar by Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
The stalemate means that remain in sixth place in the Premier League table, 10 points behind leaders Manchester United, while Villa moved a point clear of the relegation zone.
“Complaints? No, because we tried,” Wenger, who chose to rest Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna for Saturday’s clash, told BBC Sport.
“We had the right attitude but lacked a bit of fluency and accuracy in the final third. When we had the opportunities to be dangerous we didn’t use them well.
“I think it’s down to fatigue. We had not completely recovered from Wednesday night. They [Vermaelen, Wilshere and Sagna] were all on the edge.
“For Jack, it was a sensible thing. If you play him every game people reproach you and if you don’t play him they reproach you. It’s a lose-lose situation. I do what I think is right I and think it was the right decision.
“We’re a very offensive team – we played with three strikers – but that doesn’t mean you score goals. It can happen, it has happened before. It’s difficult away from home.”