Arsene Wenger was not a happy man after Arsenal slipped down to fourth in Premier League after losing 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday at The Hawthorns.
The Gunners went up 1-0 in the 28th minute after a header by Olivier Giroud. But WBA flipped the game on its head, as James Morrison tied the game up 1-1 in the 35th minute and an own goal by Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta saw the home side go up in the 40th minute.
Arsenal had some chances to get back into the game, but none were bigger than the penalty they got in the 83rd minute. Santi Cazorla stepped up and missed as he slipped and ended up putting the ball far over the crossbar.
Wenger gave credit to WBA, but he was not pleased with what he saw from his own side.
“It was a bad afternoon, we missed a penalty, we gave a goal away on set-piece, that is perfect to make your afternoon a nightmare and we missed open goal chances,” Wenger told arsenal.com after the defeat. “I believe that West Brom they were strong in the fight and they had one 100 percent commitment as well and you have to give them credit for that. But overall I felt it dropped a huge blow when we scored and we just had to make sure they didn’t come back with a easy goal and that is where we were disappointed today. But I cannot be mad at the team because they gave what they could until the last minute but we lost a bit of focus at 1-0 – at 35 minutes we were 1-0 up and then at 45 we were 2-1 down. Our defending on that level was very, very poor.”
Arsenal has had injury problems throughout the season, and the team suffered two more injuries on Saturday as Arteta and Francis Coquelin left the game. Arteta came on for Coquelin after just 14 minutes but had to leave the game in the 49th minute with an injury of his own.
“We have two more injuries,” Wenger said. “One is a muscle problem for Arteta and the other one is a knee problem and I don’t know how serious that is but we will know certainly tomorrow, for Coquelin. Arteta is a calf.”
Arsenal sits in 4th place in the Premier League with 26 points, two points behind leaders Leicester City.