Wenger: 'West Ham were there for the taking today and we could not manage to do it'

Last updated : 07 April 2007 By Chris Parry
"We should have scored 10 and in the end we lost 1-0, so it is very difficult to understand how it happened. I can never remember a game like that. It was one-way traffic from the first minute to the last.

"We missed early chances, especially one against one with the keeper and then there was always more pressure on the next one to finish it off. In the end, they scored one which looked to me offside.

"It is very difficult to find a logical explanation to our defeat today because we produced the performance I expected. That is a little bit of the disease we have shown all season - creating, creating, creating, and not finishing."

"When you lose a game like that you are tempted to blame the players who missed the chances, but we just have to keep going and not put too much pressure on the players who missed. Maybe when they scored the first, we would have scored six.

"West Ham were there for the taking today and we could not manage to do it. That is part of football, when you do not take advantages of the chances you have early in the game, it can become a problem."

"For me it fourth place was in danger before this game. It is important to keep the focus. I think we will make it, but we have not got to waste any points now."

"The players gave absolutely everything and it is part of our job to deal with the frustrations of the fans. We have to make sure we give everything we can, and on this side the team deserves a lot of credit but of course the fans want us to win the game. When they see you lose a game like that, they are frustrated and that is normal."