Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has – questionably – compared finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League as akin to winning a trophy in the modern-day top flight but even that is now proving to be a mirage as the Gunners slipped to their second consecutive premier league defeat.
The north London side lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and, following their 2-0 defeat to Man City at the Emirates a week ago, the Gunners sit sixth, six points away from a top-four place and the Frenchman said:
“It will be a tough challenge for us to make the top four. We need to learn to be much more efficient with the quality of game we use.”
Chelsea took a 2-0 lead before in the first half through Juan Mata and a Frank Lampard spot kick before Theo Walcott’s second half effort restored some decency to the scoreline, but even thereafter, they were unable to take the advantage over a third place Chelsea side.
The Frenchman continued: “Once again we didn’t start on all cylinders. We had the first chance in the game, and didn’t take it.
“Once we were 2-0 down we came back with a great second-half [performance] and a great spirit. We rushed our decisions in the final third and didn’t make enough of our corner and free-kicks in the end.”