Camden Sports - TOM FOOT Published: 20 November 2008
Wenger calls for ‘consistency’
Frustrated Gunners boss says team’s form ‘unexplainable’ after latest loss
ARSENE Wenger has admitted he is at a loss to explain Arsenal’s inconsistent performances in the Premier League.
The Gunners boss cut a dejected figure in the press conference post-mortem after the home defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.
He said: “It is unexplainable why sometimes we don’t play to 100 per cent of our potential. It is difficult to have a rational explanation about what is happening.”
Following a heroic win over Manchester United and the astonishing display in the Carling Cup against Wigan, Arsenal should have been full of confidence going into the game against Villa.
But instead the fans witnessed a lacklustre display as the Gunners slumped to their fourth defeat in 13 games, all but ending their title challenge.
Wenger said: “Top-level performance is consistency. We are not consistent enough to produce that kind of performance week in week out. Can we be champions? I don’t believe you can talk about champions. First you want to be consistent.”
Wenger, whose famous 2003/04 league-winning side were dubbed the “Invincibles” after going a whole league season undefeated, admitted that immaturity may be to blame for the lack of consistency and said he would not rule out a foray into the transfer market after Christmas.
He added: “We have a young midfield. Any midfield in the league is more experienced than ours. That doesn’t stop us from dominating the majority of games. But up front we are a little bit less. And we are making some defensive mistakes.”