Wenger: Lack of Arsenal quality 'a bit frustrating'

Wenger: Lack of Arsenal quality 'a bit frustrating'

Arsene Wenger remained defiant after watching Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League campaign take another hit as Swansea recorded a 2-0 win with a late brace from Michu at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had been second best for long spells and despite an improved performance after the break, the Swans earned reward for their persistence when Spanish forward Michu struck twice on the break during the closing stages.

Gunners fans backing the ’Black Scarf Movement’ had demonstrated around the ground before kick-off, complaining at the perceived commercialisation of the club following their move to the Emirates Stadium, while jeers greeted the final whistle as Wenger’s side dropped more points and fell down to 10th in the table.

Despite it being the worst start to a season under his tenure, the French coach insisted all was not lost.

He said: “We are in this job to turn things around, and I am confident we will [because of] the quality of the players and the spirit we have in the team. It is a good moment to stick together.

“I am not so much worried about [league] places, even if that is not the place you want to be, but I believe what is important is we get the quality of our game back. Then the places change.”

Wenger turned 63 last month, but insisted there were no thoughts of calling time on his Arsenal career as he looks to guide the club back to winning ways.

“You make your assessment at the end of the season, as I said many times,” the Arsenal boss stressed.

“I know that at the moment, you get some good news from everywhere because there is a lot of unrest everywhere.

“I believe it is a good opportunity to stick together and show we are a strong club.”

Wenger maintained he can empathise with the frustrations of supporters, but refused to be drawn on the pre-match protests.

“It is more down to shareholders and that is not my job,” he said.

“It’s difficult to answer that straight away after a game like that, but I believe the support from the board is there to spend the money if we find the players.”

Despite the disappointment of the defeat, Wenger acknowledged Swansea had produced the required performance to get a positive result.

He said: “The quality of our game was not there. It was a bit frustrating because we lacked a bit of decisiveness and creativity.

“Swansea were more creative, more sharp. It is very frustrating, but it is the truth.”

Swans boss Michael Laudrup praised the efforts of his team as their positive run continued, following on from the midweek win over West Brom.

“There have been three great performances, each better than the (previous) one. The team is playing with a lot of confidence,” Laudrup said.

“They put us under pressure for 20 minutes in the second half and you know their players can make the difference at any moment, so you can never sit easy.

“We looked in quite good shape and were only defending deep a few times.”

Despite guiding his team to a first win at Arsenal since February 1982, Laudrup insists the performance today must be kept in context.

The Dane said: “For me, it is not more special than winning at QPR, or at Newcastle, it is an away game.

“Winning at the big clubs is more for people on the outside.

“For me, every away game is so difficult and now we have already won three away, plus in the cup against Liverpool, that is great for a club like us.”

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