Everton 3 Arsenal 0: Top four difficult now, admits Arsene Wenger
Everton 3 Arsenal 0: Arsene Wenger concedes that his side have a fight on their hands to secure a top-four finish this season
Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal have a fight on their hands to secure Champions League qualification after top-four rivals Everton sealed a convincing win over the Gunners.
Steven Naismith slotted in a 14th-minute opener at Goodison Park after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved Romelu Lukaku’s shot, before the Belgium striker added a second 20 minutes later.
First I think to focus on the quality of our performances before we dream of places
Everton then wrapped up their sixth straight league win when their former midfielder Mikel Arteta scored an own goal, as the Toffees moved to within one point of the fourth-placed Gunners with a game in hand.
“I’m absolutely 100 per cent determined to fight to make the top four but it will be difficult,” said Wenger.
“We still have a programme that is feasible but we have first I think to focus on the quality of our performances before we dream of places. Let’s get back to playing better than that.
“I wouldn’t question the spirit of this team. They are focused, they want to do well. I just feel they have lost something on the confidence front and that you could see. We looked a little bit disjointed when we had to run after the score.”
Wenger, whose side have won just one of their last six Premier League games, conceded hat his side’s display on Merseyside left a lot to be desired.
“Our performance was not convincing, defensively not offensively,” he continued. “Everton were better than us and deserved to win.
“It’s a very disappointing result and a very disappointing performance, the two go together and we have to regroup, come back to basics and prepare well for our next game. I congratulate Everton on a convincing performance.”