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'We killed ourselves', says Arsene Wenger, after Gunners humbled 2-0 by West Ham

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Jeremy Wilson

Arsene Wenger accused his Arsenal team of collectively “killing ourselves” against West Ham United and was adamant that new goalkeeper Petr Cech should not be individually blamed for the defeat.

Defensive lapses gifted West Ham their two goals, with Cech first failing to gather a cross by Dimitri Payet and then appearing wrong-footed when Mauro Zarate beat him at his near-post from outside the penalty area.

“I can’t see many convincing individual performances,” said Wenger. “We gave two very cheap goals away and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. The first goal was a collective lapse. I knew we were in trouble even before the free-kick was taken. The concentration maybe was not completely there, the organisation not perfect. We killed ourselves.”

When it was put to him that Cech had been signed to stop this sort of mistake, Wenger said: “It’s not only him. We have experience along the back-line. The way we conceded is difficult to understand.”

Wenger was adamant that the club must look within for answers when he was asked whether Christophe Lollichon, Cech’s former goalkeeping coach, would also be arriving from Chelsea.

 “We are responsible to buy the coaches and the players, and not the media,” he said.

“When you are a professional football player, you face your responsibilities and not always look at something else. We have to look at ourselves and think that we were not good enough and not think that these kind of things are solutions. I don’t think we were too confident. I would rather say too nervous. We could see that fitness wise we are not completely there. Our performance was not convincing, not agile, not quick.”

Wenger also said that new signings were not necessarily the answer. “If an exceptional solution turns up we do it but after a defeat like that it’s important not to think we must take a solution from outside.”

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