Arsene Wenger calls Arsenal performance in Man City loss 'dynamic'
By Richard Cooke
Last Updated: 02/03/18 3:16pm
Arsene Wenger found positives in Arsenal's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City and described his team's performance as "dynamic".
Thursday's emphatic loss at the Emirates Stadium came just four days after a one-sided Carabao Cup final and leaves Arsenal 10 points adrift of the top four.
Wenger's side have lost four of their past six Premier League games but the Frenchman says they were "dynamic" at times against the runaway leaders and there were aspects of the performance to admire.
"We have to analyse in an objective way, the game last night was not all negative.
"There were a lot of positives in that game. With that size of score, it is always tempting to think it was all rubbish but that was not the case.
"You have to take a perspective, sit back, look at the whole picture and analyse where we were poor and where we were strong and insist on the strong points and get rid of the weak points we showed last night.
"The strong points are that we played at a high intensity, we were quite good going forward but we couldn't take advantage of the chances we created.
"I think we had the first chances in the game so overall I believe that we had a very dynamic game and put a lot of effort in. It was a pacey game with both teams really going for it.
"They were clinical like they were in the League Cup [final], they took advantage of every weakness we have shown defensively."
Games at Brighton on Monday night, live on Sky Sports, and then at AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday now follow and Wenger admits he has a job on to lift his players.
"It has taken out confidence and brought big disappointment," he said. "In football, you lose confidence very quickly and you regain it very slowly and you always have to show strength not to give in.
"When that kind of disappointment comes it divides, it splits and our experience has to help us to stay together and focus on the next games.
Wenger ended his news conference by repeating the analogy he used after the game about confidence.
"You go up by the stairs and down by the lift, that is what it is all about."
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