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Arsene Wenger slams Arsenal’s defending after big loss to Man City

Dec 14, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

Seems like signing off on a contract extension is a mere formality for Arsene Wenger. Getty Images

Following his sides 6-3 defeat away at the Eithad on Saturday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not a happy man.

This season the Gunners have taken great pride in their defensive ability and had conceded just 11 goals in 15 league games before their trip to play an in-form City side.

Arsenal’s defense hit the self-destruct button.

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Conceding four times in the second half, the Gunners left themselves exposed against the league’s best offense — who have now scored 35 goals in eight-straight home wins in the PL — and were made to pay. Big time.

“It is not beyond a bad day, it is a bad day. We conceded six goals, we lost our discipline at end and were too open when I took Flamini off,” Wenger said. “Out of the six goals we gave them five and when we came back to 2-1, we had a chance but could not take it. They scored the goals and you cannot say they did not deserve them. We have to come back to reality and it’s about us defending together and we have not done that today.”

Wenger’s men pushed hard to get back into the game but when he replaced Mathieu Flamini in the second half his side went for it and were found out.

It’s been a tough week for the Gunners as they’ve failed to win in their last three games in all competitions and have now seen their lead at the top reduced to just three points with City breathing down their neck.

The one bright spot for Wenger must be that Theo Walcott scored twice and looked dangerous in his first start since returning from abdominal surgery. But if the Gunners water-tight defense suddenly starts springing leaks, their title challenge could fall by the wayside.

Wenger is not a happy man, as Manchester City ruthlessly exposed the defensive weaknesses in his side.

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