Wenger: 'We lost the game because we deserved to lose it'

Last updated : 09 December 2007 By Chris Parry

"We lost the game because we deserved to lose it, it's that simple. Middlesbrough were sharper in the fight.

"We missed the start of the game by giving them too much room and it cost a penalty. From then on, it was down to us being a little bit jaded physically. It was our fourth away trip on the trot.

"We gave absolutely everything to come back. We lacked creativity, sharpness in our passing so therefore we were not dangerous enough to come back into the game."

"In fairness, they defended well, Credit to them, they were sharper than us and you could see, once we were 1-0 down, if we do not come back before half-time, it will be difficult."

"Players like Rochemback, they know when to foul you. They played a cup game today."

"At the moment we miss many players in the same area. Maybe it handicaps a bit our creative potential."