Our display against Manchester United yesterday was devoid of creativity as our midfielders played without cohesion, we couldn’t hold on to possession.
Arsenal started with three traditional defensive midfielders in Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin – they were flanked on the left wing by Aaron Ramsey.
As typical with Wenger, he has defended his obviously-faulty selection despite their shambolic display.
We struggled to create chances from the start of the game and our goal came from the only effort on goal at the dying minutes of the game.
But while many fans have criticised his tactics on Saturday, Wenger insisted the defensive approach was necessary.
“I knew it would be a bit more of a physical battle so I chose players who have experience and fight,” said Wenger.
“That’s why my selection was because of that. At the end of the day, everyone gave their maximum and there is a special spirit in the squad.
“That’s why we came back, because the players who came on made the difference. That’s remarkable.”
It was Olivier Giroud — left on the bench in favour of a half-fit Alexis Sanchez — who eventually scored for Arsenal, and the Frenchman used his goal celebration to suggest he was unhappy about his lack of game time.