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"We were laboured, not creative, not sharp, and Swansea were sharper, more creative ... they deserved to win''

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

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ARSENE Wenger was left fielding questions about his Arsenal future after conceding that Swansea City were good value for their stunning win at the Emirates.

Wenger claimed Arsenal were undone by Swansea for "physical" rather than "psychological" reasons.

But he also suggested the Gunners lacked confidence on their own patch and admitted they were short on quality as Michu's late double earned Swansea all three points.

Only Chelsea had won at the Emirates in Arsenal's six home Premier League games this season before Swansea chalked up a famous triumph this weekend.

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The setback leaves Arsenal licking their wounds in mid-table, with their current points tally — 21 — the lowest after 15 league games in Wenger's 16-year reign.

The Frenchman was asked directly about his own future after Swansea's triumph.

And he said: "Yes I am confident of course that I can take the club forward.

"If you ask me about that I can only give you one answer — that I have always respected my contract and that is it.

"You make an assessment at the end of the season.

''I know at the moment there is a lot of news because there is unrest, but I think this is a good opportunity to stick together and show we are a strong club."

Wenger claimed back-to-back away games, coupled with Arsenal's Champions League exploits, had taken their toll on his team.

Swansea, of course, played two games last week as well — against Liverpool and West Brom — but Wenger argued the travelling done by his team had been an issue.

"We have struggled at home for confidence this season, and it is difficult to put your finger on why since we beat Tottenham 5-2 in our last home game and we didn't lose for a while," he added.

"But I think this result was more about the physical factor than the psychological factor.

"We were not good.

''We were laboured, not creative, not sharp, and Swansea were sharper, more creative.

"We went to Aston Villa and got criticised (after a goalless draw) but they have had some good results.

''We went to Everton and drew, and they can beat anyone at home.

"But I just felt we were not good against Swansea. We were not really at the races.

"We lost a game which of course we did not want to lose, and I cannot deny that the quality was not there."

Saturday's rousing success means Swansea have now beaten Arsenal twice in three meetings since they reached the Premier League.

Even their 1-0 defeat at the Emirates in September last year was a little unfortunate, with Swansea performing admirably but going down to a freakish Andrey Arshavin goal.

And Wenger insisted he had not been taken aback by the quality shown by Michael Laudrup's Swansea side.

"They did not surprise me, I knew how well Swansea could play," he added.

"But we are guilty of losing a game we should not have.

"We had a lot of possession but without going anywhere with it. We tried to change things and took risks but it ended up going against us.

"Maybe we should have taken the 0-0 but we were not cautious enough.

''We lacked incisiveness and Swansea deserved to win. It's very frustrating but it's the truth.

"So I can understand the boos. Frustration can grow but we are in this job to turn it around and I am confident we will.

"It's difficult for everybody at the moment — even the teams who have invested a lot of money — but we have to keep our focus, desire and ambition to turn it around."

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  December 03 2012, 4:27PM

    Amazing mind set from the "BIG" clubs of the Premier league when they lose it's because they're tired, jaded and of course they have loads of injuries. Just watching Sky and Newcastle fans are saying injuries are the problem and it's why they are sliding down the table, we get the same from Man.U, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and the like. When the Swans lose it's because we are not good enough, not big enough, don't have the strength in depth that the "BIG" clubs have. REALITY CHECK, we destroyed Arsenal and West Brom. with good football, with better players, with a smaller squad, with "cheaper" players. Come on you Swans, they have got squeaky bums every time they see us on the fixture list.

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