Wenger Laments Gunners’ Lack Of Urgency In Southampton Loss

By Adebayo Williams

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has lamented his team’s lack of urgency as they bowed out of the EFL Cup in the hands of Southampton. The Saints snatched victory, their first over Arsenal in 30 years, through Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand’s goals in the first half of the contest.

Although Wenger made ten changes to the team that beat Bournemouth in the Premier League, he stood by his selection and said it was a lack of urgency rather than the selection that caused the team a place in the semifinals of the tournament.

“It was one of those nights where it looked like we can play for two hours and not score a goal,” the Frenchman said.

“We didn’t have enough urgency in the first half. We were weak in some departments and we paid for that.

“I have no regrets over selection, I regret we lost the game.”

The Gunners looked rather dull in the game with Lucas Perez leading the line and Aaron Ramsey in the No. 10 role. They missed Olivier Giroud who is battling a minor injury as well as other players who were rested for their forthcoming league matches.

Southampton will play Liverpool in the semi-finals, having lost 6-1 to the Reds in the same competition last season.

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