Arsene Wenger launched a bizarre defence of his Arsenal players following their shock defeat at Southampton.
Not only did the Gunners slump to a loss and miss the chance to top the Premier League, they were soundly hammered 4-0 by a Saints side without a victory since November 7.
A double from Shane Long, a Jose Fonte header, and a stunning strike from Cuco Martina left Arsenal fans scratching their heads at the awful, insipid performance – just days after beating Man City at The Emirates.
But, apparently, according to Wenger, it doesn’t particularly matter that Southampton’s win was so comprehensive because he claims not to take things like that into consideration.
Oh, and the manager who infamously often fails to spot infringements by his own side, appears to have had laser eye surgery for Christmas…
Wenger says 1st goal was offside, 2nd was a foul and the third was a goal kick.
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) December 26, 2015
The defiant boss told broadcasters BT Sport and Arsenal.com after the game:
“I don’t take too much the level of score into consideration.
“I must say they were sharper than us in the tackles.
“We can not master the referees decisions but we can master our behaviour.
“I felt we were physically not at our best. Long made the game very physical and got away with a lot.
“We had to come out and take many risks and they looked sharp on the counter-attack.”
“These players have fantastic spirit and they will show that in 48 hours. We want to respond from disappointment.
“I trust my players to respond well on Monday. Bournemouth have played very well recently.”
The Gunners remain in second, two points behind pacesetters Leicester, and face in-form Bournemouth on December 28.