Wenger: 'We were poor overall defensively'

Last updated : 02 February 2005 By Chris Parry
Following the abject performance against Manchester United, he had this to say:

"It is Chelsea's title now. Manchester United still have a slight chance but there is too much for us to do. But we still have our pride and we will carry on trying to do as well as we can."

He also admitted that our overall defensive performances have been poor this season:

"I don't want to blame the goalkeeper for the third goal, we were poor overall defensively. The first, second and third goals were bad ones to give away and not the kind of thing we did last season - Mentally, we never recovered from the third one.

"You could see the confidence of the players start to fade and in the end Manchester United got themselves quite a comfortable victory."

Given this frank admission, one wonders why he has made no effort to strengthen the defence. My guess is that it's a question of finance - We simply don't have the funds to compete in the transfer market, therefore his policy of bringing in unproven players 'on the cheap' will almost certainly continue. Sometimes this bears fruit, sometimes not - Not the best basis for competiting with teams like United and Chelsea.