Wenger has a dig at Drogba after dismal defeat

Arsene Wenger comes in for a bit of stick this morning in the papers after the dismal 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates yesterday.
The Daily Mail says AW ‘astonishingly’ questioned Didier Drogba’s contribution as Chelsea moved five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with the commanding win.
The paper points out that Chelsea striker Drogba scored twice, including a stunning free-kick, to take his goal tally against the Gunners to 10 in nine games.
But AW was not impressed with his performance, saying: ‘It’s funny because he doesn’t do a lot. You would be surprised by the number of balls he touched today. Drogba is in a period where he kicks the ball and it goes in.’
Sun columnist Steve Howard is in typically robust form with his views on the Arsenal and he writes: It does not get much worse than this for Arsenal.
Just two wins now in 15 against Chelsea, 11 points behind the leaders, the title as good as conceded and another humiliation to go with the 4-1 thrashing by the same opponents at the Emirates late last season.
We are not even in December and Arsene Wenger’s side have already lost four league games out of 13. At this rate, it could be a record-breaker under the Frenchman – for all the wrong reasons.
In the Mirror, AW has his say on referee Andre Marriner who denied Arsenal a way back into the game when he chalked off Andriy Arshavin’s 49th-minute goal because Eduardo had kicked the ball out of Chelsea keeper Petr Cech’s hands.
Wenger added: “It was the turning point. It was very unfair. How can he see Eduardo kicking the ball out of Cech’s hands when there was a Chelsea player who stops him from controlling the ball?
“Two-one is very important in these kind of games and has a big impact on the psychological security of Chelsea. That was a big mistake by the referee.
“Yes, Chelsea have strong players. Physically strong players. But that’s an impression as well when a team is 2-0 up and just defends in their half and plays on the break. It’s too easy to have that impression and I don’t share that point of view.”
Wenger also refused to accept that his team our out of the title race and maintained rampant Chelsea are still there for the taking.
He went on: “We are 11 points behind Chelsea. At the moment, our title race has taken a big blow. We have to win games before we speak about titles. The damage done at Sunderland was deeper, confidence wise, than it should have been.
“Theyíre in a very strong position. But, for me, they can still drop points. I’m convinced of that. That’s the impression I have. Like you specialists, I’m entitled to have an impression as well.”

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