Arsenal display season's worst, Wenger puzzled, players bottled it?

Arsenal's individual errors the reason for their woeful display against Chelsea.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger took the blame after the game with Chelsea and  claimed responsibility for their 6-0 defeat.

A noble thing to do, but his players ought too, to accept they each had performances as bad as referee Andre Marriner's.

The manager admitted later, reported in The Guardian, that he was 'puzzled' at the reasons for the performance:

"We felt we prepared properly with the intensity we did but we did not turn up for our game of the season, so it is puzzling. We were never even in it. After 20 minutes it was game over and it became a long afternoon, a long, dramatic, dreadful afternoon.

"We were shocked and knocked down. The team is healthy and willing but still the way it happened … we have to think deeply about it because it's not the first time."

The manager's tactics were found wanting, and Mathieu Flamini being left on the bench was a perplexing decision, but the players selected themselves did their manager a disservice.

In conceding a woeful six goals at the weekend, four of those were accountable via individual errors, giving the ball away - or in the case of Wojciech Szczesny, allowing a shot to slip through his fingers.

In making four errors leading to goals, this display was the worst of any team in the whole of the Premier League this season; with Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Cazorla those also culpable.

TeamMatchMatchdayError Lead To Goal
Arsenal Chelsea vs Arsenal 31 4
Cardiff City Chelsea vs Cardiff 08 3
Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea vs Spurs 29 3
Liverpool Stoke vs Liverpool 21 2
Everton Liverpool vs Everton 23 2
Tottenham Hotspur Man City vs Spurs 12 2

Either Arsene Wenger failed to get his messages to his players ahead of the game as he thought he had, or the players simply bottled it on the pitch, and were rattled by Chelsea.

The players have been even quieter than Wenger, and you suspect it's because they realise they owe their boss a big performance and apology.

Anything less at home against Swansea in midweek and the questions over the side's character will only grow; and even then, it won't really make up for the abject display at Stamford Bridge, but it will be a start.

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