Wenger had this to say to fans after Arsenal players jeered following cup exit
By Matt Farr
Arsene Wenger has addressed Arsenal fans following the EFL cup defeat to Southampton on Wednesday.
Arsenal lost the game 2-0 at home, and were booed off by the fans, who were concerned and unhappy with their team’s performance.
The hosts dominated possession, registered more shots on goal, and had more corners than the Saints, but it was their lack of incisiveness in front of goal and quality in possession that let them down.
The absence of regular first-teamers, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott was telling in the Gunners’ display in the attacking third.
Wenger revealed his disappointment in the overall performance, conceding that the fans were right to boo his side at the final whistle.
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“It’s down to us to give the fans what they want. It is a fact. We have to live with that,” he said, as quoted by the Metro.
“We had a disappointing performance, particularly in the first-half. I think we were not good enough defensively and gave cheap goals away.
“It was better in the second, but it was one of those nights where you look like you could play two hours without scoring a goal. We didn’t have enough urgency in the first-half and were weak in some departments.
“We paid for that. We were not incisive enough in the first half especially. They played deeper in the second half and were sharper than us and fitter,” he finished.
Wenger made 10 changes to his regular starting XI, allowing some of his fringe players to make an impression. But there was still first-team experience in the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Alex Iwobi.
Summer signing Lucas Perez made the cut in place of top-goalscorer Sanchez, but the Spaniard wasn’t nearly as productive as the Chilean ace.
However, the experienced players also failed to make the required impact, and instead Southampton came away with a priceless victory. They will now face Liverpool in the EFL cup semi-final.
The Gunners, meanwhile, return to action on Saturday where they travel to underperforming West Ham.
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