Was Chelsea defeat an 'accident' or are Arsenal accident-prone?

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger describes his side’s 6-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as an ‘accident’.

The Gunners manager insisted his team needs to put the ‘accident’ at the weekend behind them and move on after suffering a horrific loss to the Blues on the Frenchman’s 1000th game in charge of the North Londoners.

"An accident has happened, that doesn't mean that you're not a good driver," Wenger explained.

"It just means that we have played about 40 games this season and it's not what happened on Saturday that reflects the quality of this team. We have 62 points that we earned hard with quality games and that's what we want to focus on, to get back to that quality."

The manager spoke ahead of the Gunners clash with Swansea on Tuesday evening at the Emirates but is he right in his description of the defeat as an accident?

Arsenal have lost 6 out of 30 games played so far this season but, of those defeats, three have been by big score-lines to rival title challengers. Arsenal have lost 3-1 to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, and 1-0 to Stoke and the same at Old Trafford against Manchester United but they have conceded 17 goals in games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool scoring just four goals across those games against the teams around them in the top four this season.

One 6-0 defeat or 5-1 defeat or 6-3 defeat could be considered an ‘accident’ – maybe even two could be considered accidents –but three surely shows Arsenal are making mistakes, not accidents.

The Gunners were 2-0 down inside the first 10 minutes at Anfield, 2-0 inside the first 7 minutes at Stamford Bridge and 2-1 down by half time at the Etihad. They conceded a penalty at Stamford Bridge and at the Etihad yet defensively they have been solid all season.

You could call defeat at the Etihad an accident perhaps – out of the three defeats to their rivals that one does show at least a side capable of challenging and going forward – but to concede 11 goals to the Blues and the Reds combined with just one Mikel Arteta penalty as a reply is poor.

You could call defeat on the opening day of the season to Villa an accident and you could say much the same for defeat at Stoke where there have been many accidents and Arsenal had an off day last month but against the top teams (including United) Arsenal have been making mistakes, not accidents. Defeat on Saturday was not an anomaly, out of character, it was an accident result caused by accident-prone defending – the kind of defending that is not exposed against lesser opposition but, at the top level is.

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