Wenger: 'We were poor offensively and defensively'

Last updated : 31 January 2010 By Chris Parry
"It's difficult to accept but easy to explain because we were poor offensively and defensively. We delivered an off-the mark performance and that is why we were well beaten. We were naive."

"It was not just Rooney who gave us problems. We gave them too much room everywhere. Rooney took advantage of it. We conceded two goals from a corner for us and it turned into a goal for them. It was our positioning that was wrong.

"It is a massive blow and a massive disappointment but we have to recover from that. It is part of top Premier football. The players are really down."

"They played well and we were completely not at our level. There are some mental reasons. Next Sunday we have to focus on delivering a different performance. Today we were never close in our marking. You do not win big games like that.

"We need to deliver something special now to stay in the race. I am conscious of that."