Gunners midfielder Mohamed Elneny was the only survivor from Sunday's Premier
League win over Bournemouth and even with Granit Xhaka and Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain coming off the bench, Wenger's men never looked close to
getting on the scoresheet.
white The defeat is Arsenal's first in 19 games in all
competitions, but Wenger says the only thing he would change is the result of
He said: "I regret that we lost the game. We had played well until now.
"If you look at the players who played well tonight, some of those who did
not play tonight were on the edge.
superfly black "In midfield we had Coquelin, Ramsey, Elneny, Xhaka,
Perez… Giroud was injured. We had Iwobi, one of the regular players in the
"The problem wasn't there. We had players who are used to top-level
competition. But we didn't have the right urgency.
He added: "I'm disappointed. We had a disappointing performance, particularly
in the first half.
"I think we were not good enough defensively and gave cheap goals away in the
"It was better in the second, but it was one of those nights where you look
like you could play two hours without scoring a goal.
"We didn't have enough urgency in the first half and were weak in some
departments. We paid for that. We were not incisive enough in the first half
"They played deeper in the second half and were sharper than us and fitter.
If you give someone a handicap of two goals, against a Premier League side it's
v red Southampton are through to their first League Cup semi-final
since 1987, when they were beaten over two legs by Liverpool, the same team they
face in this year's semi-finals.
Manager Claude Puel was happy with how his team performed.
"It was a great performance because this game was a different profile," he
"We were clinical in the first half, with two goals from two chances. I like
vapor v red "After, in the second half, we had many chances to
score another goal and make the game safe against a good team.
"It was a fantastic game to achieve that result: good solidarity, good
attitude. I enjoyed what my players did.
superfly cr7 blue "We have a chance to play a semi-final, home and
away, in the second half of the season. That was the objective.
"(There are some) very important games in the future."