Premier League: 'Puzzled' Arsene Wenger cancels Monday press conference after Chelsea capitulation
Last Updated: 27/03/14 10:38am
Arsene Wenger: Puzzled by Arsenal's capitulation
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has cancelled his press conference ahead of Tuesday's game with Swansea after admitting he remains puzzled by the thrashing at Chelsea.
The Gunners were beaten 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, a result that seriously damages their hopes of challenging for the Premier League title.
Wenger's side are now fourth in the table and seven points behind leaders Chelsea, although they do have a game in hand on Jose Mourinho's side.
The match at Stamford Bridge was Wenger's 1,000th in charge of Arsenal, but it represented yet another poor performance this season against their main rivals.
The Gunners were beaten 6-3 by Manchester City earlier this season and 5-1 by Liverpool when they were 4-0 down inside 20 minutes.
And the latest defeat has been followed by Wenger taking the unusual step of deciding not to speak to the press on Monday and instead just giving an interview to the club's website.
In the aftermath of Saturday's heavy defeat, Wenger did speak to the press and admitted that he was puzzled by the loss.
"We felt we prepared properly, but we did not turn up, so it is puzzling," Wenger said. "After 20 minutes, it was game over and it became a long, dramatic and dreadful afternoon.
"That is the most disappointing, when you prepare with the intensity that we do, you then turn up for your game of the season and are never even in it.
"This is puzzling because we were shocked and knocked down basically without feeling you have had a chance.
"The team is healthy and willing, but still the way it happened against Chelsea, we have to think deeply about because it is not the first time and (we have) to respond in a proper way on Tuesday."
"I don't know why, but it looks like we don't fancy early kick-offs away. It looks like we are going to have to apply to the FA to not play at 12.45 away."
Defender Per Mertesacker wonders if the early kick-off time had anything to do with his side's lacklustre performance, with all three of their heavy defeats this season having started at lunchtime.
The German said: "I don't know why, but it looks like we don't fancy early kick-offs away.
"It looks like we are going to have to apply to the FA to not play at 12.45 away. That would help us a lot.
"We wanted to start very strong and show people we are good enough, but they scored the two very early goals.
"We lost some balls when we tried to keep it desperately. They then caught us on the counter-attack. We tried to avoid that. But we missed it completely. There was not much difference before the red card, but afterwards it was even harder to come back, especially when it goes to 3-0 and 10 men so early.
"We must put this behind us now, show our character and bounce back on Tuesday night against Swansea at the Emirates Stadium. It's a good opportunity to react quickly after this result."