Wenger: 'It is a big setback for us'

Last updated : 23 March 2008 By Chris Parry

"It was a game we should have won, but we paid for some lapses in concentration. It is difficult to swallow, because we played quite well and were in control of the game.

"What was left to Chelsea was to play long balls - and we did not deal well enough with it. The spirit was right, and the mentality was fantastic. Overall the team played very well - but at the moment, I feel we have some defensive problems which we need to sort out.

"We got caught on the long balls and the physical battle."

"We were a bit unlucky because the first goal was offside - and it was also a foul from Terry before that. That has a big impact in the game, and recently we have been badly done by things like that."

"It is a big setback for us. I believe we have the strength, but at the moment we are six points behind Manchester United. When you add the four games we drew and today's loss, now we just have to come back and win games before we dream of the title."

"We were 1-0 up and had it all in our hands. We needed a bit more defensive authority as a unit - because the game was there to be taken."

"We will fight until the end and we are not worried about the future but are disappointed now obviously. Today we were unlucky and I thought we played well. We were 1-0 up and were unlucky with their first goal which I thought was really offside.

"Anelka came on for them, and they decided to play long ball, which put us under a lot of pressure and that was the only way they could trouble us. In the end we lost the game.

"It is disappointing because we gave everything but now the priority has to be the next game."