Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal could have lastly beaten Chelsea inside the Premier League were it not for Per Mertesacker’s early dismissal.
Going down to ten males and failing to finally beat Chelsea in the Premier League left Arsenal “with lots of regrets”, based on Arsene Wenger, who defended his decision to withdraw Olivier Giroud.
The Gunners haven’t beaten their rivals from west London within the league because October 2011.
With Arsenal challenging for the title and champions Chelsea, getting sacked Wenger’s nemesis Jose Mourinho in December, languishing inside the wrong half from the table, the match at Emirates Stadium on Sunday was viewed as an ideal opportunity for the hosts to finish that sequence.
A red card shown to centre-back Per Mertesacker immediately after just 18 minutes dealt a severe blow to Arsenal’s hopes and they proved unable to locate a way back soon after Diego Costa struck the only purpose from the game for the visitors 5 minutes later.
Wenger praised his players for staying within the contest in spite of their numerical disadvantage but couldn’t disguise his disappointment at passing up a golden chance to overcome a lingering psychological hurdle.
“We played with 10 men, we were 1-0 down straight away,” he stated.
“Normally you drop a game like that three or four-nil.
“We come out [of the game] using a lot of regrets due to the fact we feel we couldn’t play with our team and taking a look at Chelsea right now there was lots of room to beat them if we had played with 11 players.”
The Arsenal fans created their feelings identified when centre-forward Giroud was sacrificed for defender Gabriel Paulista within the 22nd minute to compensate for the departure of Mertesacker.
Wenger didn’t appreciate becoming held to account more than the enforced adjust, saying: “Do you wish to produce a poll following just about every selection to determine who does what?
“I created the selection and for me it was really a normal selection simply because we … needed pace to go from one aim to the other.”
Asked if Giroud was fit enough to begin the match right after reportedly struggling with an ankle dilemma, Wenger said: “I think yes, nevertheless it was a bit in my mind – if he gets injured, he did not practice yesterday, currently we declared him match [but] needless to say it was on my thoughts.
“I had to modify a player, I thought that was probably the most rational choice.”
The defeat to Chelsea leaves Arsenal third, 3 points behind leaders Leicester City and two ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham.