Arsene Wenger blasts ‘very, very poor’ Arsenal defending

The Arsenal manager was less-than-impressed with his side's defending after Anderlecht fight back to earn a 3-3 draw

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal were made to pay for some “very poor” defending after watching his side blow a three-goal lead against Anderlecht.

The Gunners appeared to be cruising to victory in the Champions League group-stage clash as goals from Mikel Arteta, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Wenger’s men a 3-0 lead.

But Anthony Vanden Borre reduced the deficit from close range before scoring a penalty, and Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised in the last minute to earn a 3-3 draw.

The result leaves Arsenal needing a point from their remaining two games to secure their passage into the last 16, but Wenger was far from happy with his side’s display.

“I believe defensively as a performance across the pitch, we were very, very poor tonight,” said Wenger.

“You have to give them [Anderlecht] credit because the fought until the end and we had a poor defensive performance from the first to the last minute today.

“We never felt comfortable and somewhere we got punished because of bad luck. The first goal was offside but defensively our performance was not good enough to do it.”

He continued: “Secondly at 3-0 we thought the job was done and it was a combination of switching off and fatigue as well.

“You could see we couldn’t win the challenges and they finished stronger and sharper – we got punished.

“It’s very disappointing but overall over the two games we got four points. I think we are well paid for our two performances.”

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