Arsenal Stars Vow To Regroup And Recover

ArsenalArsenal’s senior players, Petr Cech and Mathieu Flamini have been rallying their colleagues to regroup and recover quickly after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

Olivier Giroud put the Gunners in front just before the half-hour mark, before the hosts hit back with two goals in the space of five minutes before half time.

Santi Cazorla then missed a late penalty as Arsène Wenger’s side slipped to their first Premier League defeat in seven games.

“The penalty, it can happen and Santi falling… there is nothing you can do,” Flamini told Arsenal Player. “We tried and tried and tried until the last minute but we can’t give any excuses – today we lost the three points.

“It’s a shame because we started the game well, we went 1-0 up and then after they scored [twice] before half time it became more difficult for us.

“We tried to push on in the second half, we had some opportunities but of course it is disappointing because we didn’t get any points.

“Sometimes it happens and now it is important to recover and focus on the next game.”

Goalkeeper, Petr Cech believes Arsenal were the better team but it was just one of those days for them.

“I think we don’t want to take credit from West Brom but across the 90 minutes we were the better side. We had chances and a lot of opportunities and we were unlucky as we scored an own goal. Apart of that, we were on top of them and looked like the side that was going to win the game, even in the second half.

“I thought when we had the penalty that we would still have a chance to search for the third goal but it was one of those games where it was not going our way. But I like our reaction and although everything went against us a bit, we kept going until the last minute and were still creating opportunities. We have to regroup and continue working,” he said.

Arsenal, Manchester City Suffer Costly Defeats

ArsenalArsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League as West Brom came from behind to win 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud headed home Mesut Ozil’s free kick to put the Gunners in front, but a James Morrison volley and a Mikel Arteta own goal turned things around in a five-minute spell before the break.

Late in the game, Arsenal were awarded a penalty after Sanchez was felled in the box but Cazorla slipped as he took it and the ball sailed over the bar.

Arsenal kept knocking for the remainder of the game but failed to salvage the situation.

Wenger told the media after the match, “It was a bad afternoon, we missed a penalty, we gave a goal away on set-piece, that is perfect to make your afternoon a nightmare and we missed open goal chances.

“I believe that West Brom were strong in the fight and they had 100% commitment as well and you have to give them credit for that. But overall I felt it dropped a huge blow when we scored and we just had to make sure they didn’t come back with an easy goal and that is where we were disappointed today.

“But I cannot be mad at the team because they gave what they could until the last minute but we lost a bit of focus at 1-0 – at 35 minutes we were 1-0 up and then at 45 we were 2-1 down. Our defending on that level was very, very poor.”

The result means Arsenal have not yet won in November in all competitions, as they turn their attention to the Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb in midweek.

In another shocking result on the day, Liverpool trashed Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad, helping Leicester City move top of the table with a 3-0 win over Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, Diego Costa ended a three-match losing streak for Chelsea as the champions picked up a 1-0 victory over Norwich City.

The striker halted his own barren run of 603 minutes without a goal in all competitions to lift Chelsea spirits at Stamford Bridge.

EPL Results

Watford 1 – 2 Manchester United
Chelsea 1 – 0 Norwich City
Everton 4 – 0 Aston Villa
Newcastle United 0 – 3 Leicester City
Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City
Swansea City 2 – 2 AFC Bournemouth
West Bromwich Albion 2 – 1 Arsenal
Manchester City 1 – 4 Liverpool