Monday, 29th August, 2011

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side’s 8-2 drubbing at the hands of Manchester United yesterday was humiliating, but took comfort in the fact it came via what he termed "special circumstances".

The Gunners simply could not live with United and the young team Wenger selected appeared to show a real defensive naivety.

Wayne Rooney helped himself to a hat-trick for the hosts, while Danny Welbeck, Park Ji-Sung, Nani and Ashley Young (twice) all got on the scoresheet on a remarkable day. Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie managed Arsenal’s consolation strikes.

"Of course you feel humiliated when you concede eight goals", admitted Wenger post-match. "It was a terrible day."

The Frenchman though pointed out that Arsenal were missing a number of players and therefore the defeat came about in what he termed "special circumstances".

"I do feel it was under special circumstances", said the Arsenal boss.

"We had a lot of players out and we have played only five games. It is not the end of the season where you make a balance of everything.

"We collapsed physically towards the end, but we had eight players out."

Wenger does look poised to add to his squad imminently however, with South Korean striker Park Chu-Young on the verge of a move to the Emirates.

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