Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal's performance at Fulham was 'just not good enough' after going down 1-0.
Arsene admits Gunners are already playing catch-up
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side's performance at Fulham was "just not good enough" after going down 1-0.
Brede Hangeland scored the only goal of the game to give Fulham a rare win over their London rivals and dent the Gunners' title ambitions.
Wenger conceded Arsenal got what they deserved after a below-par showing at Craven Cottage.
"We were not sharp enough in the first half, and our passing was certainly not as good as we expect it to be. I don't know why," admitted Wenger.
"You have to give credit to Fulham; they played very well and they started sharper than us.
"We dominated the second half, but I felt in the last 25 minutes we were too nervous and wanted to just hit the ball up there rather than create a chance.
"Of course it is a setback. But the result is there, and we have to make up for it by winning the next match. We have a big game on Wednesday in the Champions League and need to improve.
"We paid a big price for the mistake on their goal. We should be able to cope with a corner when it comes in at low level like that."
Wenger had to agree when it was suggested his team might already be playing catch-up against Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
"You are right. That is a fact - but we have to face it because from all our possession we could not produce many chances. Frankly, the performance was just not good enough," he added.