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Wenger unhappy with Arsenal performance

Arsenal v Ostersunds FK - UEFA Europa League
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Despite progressing into the next round, Arsene Wenger was left unhappy with the performance of Arsenal after their 2-1 defeat the Emirates to Ostersunds FK

Following their 3-0 victory in Sweden during the first leg, Arsenal were heavily fancied as the favourites to progress from the tie into the next stage of the Europa League.

However, the Gunners had a poor first-half and conceded two goals in succession with Calum Chambers scoring an own goal and Ken Senna adding a second for Ostersunds a minute later.

Speaking after the match, Wenger admitted that his side were not focussed at the beginning of the match and paid the price.

“Yes, we were not at the races in the first half. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals. Our energy was higher, our domination was consistent and we were in control in the second half. In the first half we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble. We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.” said Wenger, according to the club website.

When asked if he thought the players believed the tie was over before the second leg had even begun, the Frenchman refused to draw conclusions on the subject and instead insisted that they prepared properly for the encounter.

“It’s difficult to say. We prepared properly and in a serious way, but you have external circumstances such as the fact we won 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think you just have to turn up to win the game. Football doesn’t work like that. We played against a good side and it’s what you see in the FA Cup. Against all teams, you can be in trouble every time you’re not 100 per cent focused.” answered Wenger.