Premier League: West Ham 3-3 Arsenal

It was a fun London derby to watch bur surely a bad defensive performance form Arsenal.

They had to win to remain alive in the Premier League. Even though mathematically there is still a chance, Arsenal will likely not be champion this season and the title will be fought between Tottenham and Leicester. Another poor defensive game has cost consequences for a team that had failed at numerous times over the last few weeks.. same old same old with the Gunners. The title drought continues….

Arsenal coach Wenger comments on his team’s struggles:

on why Arsenal struggled…
It is difficult to go into any assessment of performances. I have to look at it again. I don’t think Koscielny was at fault at the goal. The first goal, when you are 2-0 up with 43 minutes played, with the experience we have and the way we mastered the ball, then at 45 minutes it is 2-2, you [put] yourself [in] a decline. This is because you give hope to the other team, that is where that little moment in the game made us pay heavily.

on Ospina…
The thinking [behind choosing Ospina] was that he has had some outstanding performances. With Petr Cech or David Ospina, we have exactly the same problem in the air. We didn’t concede in the last two games. Since the beginning of the season, we have had exactly the same problem, no matter who plays.

on where it leaves Arsenal…
Third in the league with 59 points. That is not where we want to be but we have made it much more difficult for ourselves now to have a chance to win the Premier League. We have to keep going no matter what and hope. You never know what can happen. As well, we have to look behind us as people are chasing us. We have to be serious and focus on finishing as high as possible. Where that is, I don’t know. This is one of the places where you could drop points but you see the game and feel guilty you have dropped points.