Saturday, 6th December, 2014

Arsene Wenger feels that his Arsenal side lacked defensive experience against Stoke City today, after they went down to a damaging 3-2 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.

Wenger saw his side fall behind in just the first minute, with Peter Crouch hitting the back of the net for Stoke.

The Potter overran Arsenal and scored again through Bojan Krikc in the 35th minute.


Then they helped themselves to a third through Jon Walters on the stroke of half-time.


The second period saw an Arsenal rally, with goals from Santi Cazorla, from the penalty spot and Aaron Ramsey put them to within one of Stoke.

But the sending off of Calum Chambers in the 78th minute was another blow for Wenger's men.

For the Arsenal boss, his side paid the price for inexperience in defence, with Laurent Kosicelny being on the bench, Chambers starting in his place, while Hector Bellerin also played.

"Stoke started strong, we have to give them credit for that. We were a bit inexperienced at the back", Wenger told a press conference.

"It shows you have to be committed and focused from the start in every single game."

And Wenger would not comment on the referee's sending off for Chambers: "I do not want to comment too much on the referee's decision but I don't think he deserved to be sent off."


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