It's my fault, I'm to blame, says Wenger

Arsenal manager takes 6-0 thrashing by Chelsea on the chin, describing his 1,000th game in charge of the Gunners as 'one of the worst days'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 March, 2014, 11:13pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 March, 2014, 11:13pm


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepted responsibility for his side's 6-0 thrashing by Chelsea and described it as "one of the worst days" of his career.

The 64-year-old Frenchman was celebrating his 1,000th game as Arsenal manager, but he will remember the Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge for all the wrong reasons.

Goals from Samuel Eto'o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Oscar put Chelsea 4-0 up by half-time, with further strikes by Oscar and Mohamed Salah compounding the visitors' misery.

I don't think there's too much need to talk about the mistakes we made. We got a good hiding today
Arsene Wenger 

Arsenal also had Kieran Gibbs mistakenly sent off in the first half, after teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had conceded a penalty for handball, with Hazard scoring Chelsea's third goal from the spot.

Wenger's side finished the day seven points adrift of Chelsea in the title race, albeit with a game in hand, and he said that he was prepared to take the blame.

"This defeat is my fault. I take full responsibility for it," Wenger said.

"I don't think there's too much need to talk about the mistakes we made. We got a good hiding today. It's how we respond now [against Swansea City] and the best way is not to explain too much the mistakes."

Asked if it had been one of the worst days of his career, Wenger replied: "Yes, of course it's one of the worst days. It's over after 20 minutes and it's a long game after that. You don't prepare all week to experience that kind of experience. It's a huge disappointment today, but we want to win the next game now."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was unwilling to rub more salt into the wound and when asked if he had taken extra satisfaction from spoiling Wenger's big day, he replied: "No."

"I wanted the three points and a good performance if possible. We got that. And on top of that, we got the result with some numbers, which is especially for our fans," he said.

"They are special numbers and we work for the fans so if we can give them that, then it's even more beautiful. But no more than that."

Mourinho conceded that the numerical advantage had aided his team, but he felt that Chelsea, who were 2-0 ahead by that time, had already asserted control of the game.

"Obviously to play against 10 men is easier," he said.

"I'm not going to be a hypocrite and say it is the same to play 10 and 11. But the way we started this game, there is no doubt that this was our game."

And Mourinho, whose side bounced back from a surprise 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa last weekend, continued to play down Chelsea's title hopes.

Asked if his side had a chance of the title, he said: "Just a little. The momentum was broken last Saturday. Now we are trying to build another momentum.

"We were lucky after last Saturday to immediately have another match in the Champions League [against Galatasaray] with a big responsibility to push us to forget. We concentrated on the new challenge and the Champions League was important.

"Then a derby match against Arsenal - and the most important match of the season for them, as their manager said - was even more important because our focus was there.

"We've had good performances this season, but every match is difficult to play."