Arsene Wenger has made his dissatisfaction very clear after witnessing an underwhelming performance from his team on Wednesday.
Arsenal were eliminated from the League Cup after Southampton scored twice in the first half to clinch a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
Wenger made ten changes to his starting line-up for the clash with Claude Puel’s side and the decision to freshen up the team appears to have backfired miserably.
However, the Arsenal manager insists the players who were called upon deserve most of the blame for that result.
“It’s not only a disappointing night because we are out, but it’s a disappointing night because the performance was disappointing. I question our urgency level, our focus from the start on. It was not good enough and we paid for that. Overall, I think that is the most disappointing.” Wenger said in his post-match interview
“It can happen that you go out of the competition, but our first 45 minutes were just not good enough and not at the level of required concentration. In the second half we responded well, but overall for me, that’s the most disappointing.
“What we did there was not Arsenal. It’s not the way you can stay in the competition and that we want a different response.
Wenger defended his squad selection even though his big moves failed to pay off against a well-drilled Southampton side.
“Yes, I felt we had a squad that could win it. We had the luck to play at home. It’s disappointing to have a crowd like we have, you can give them some satisfaction in this competition as well and the way we started the game, I think it’s disappointing.” he added