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Wenger: Arsenal in a very bad situation

ESPN staff
March 23, 2014
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Arsene Wenger accepts his side's "nightmare" defeat at Chelsea has left Arsenal's title hopes in a "very bad situation".

Wenger had gone into his 1,000th match in charge of the Gunners hoping to record a victory at Stamford Bridge that would have put them a point behind the league leaders with a game in hand, but a 6-0 hammering leaves them in fourth place, seven points behind the league leaders.

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Wenger ducked out of his post match media conference after claiming "the team bus had to leave quickly", but he did not hide his feelings as he gave a candid interview to the BBC.

And speaking later to the club's official website, he added: "It was a nightmare. It leaves us in a very bad situation [in the title race], but we want to respond."

While he acknowledged that the size of the defeat to the Blues was hard to take, he took consolation from the 1-0 victory over arch-rivals Tottenham last week, which represented a major boost to their top-four hopes.

"We had two difficult away games at Tottenham and Chelsea," he said. "If we had played two draws, we'd have two points. Having won one, we have three points. But today is a huge disappointment of course. When you don't turn up in a game of this stature - nobody takes that easy."

Wenger refused to say whether he believed Arsenal could still win the title and said the focus now is purely on beating Swansea City at the Emirates on Tuesday.

He said: "We have to win the next game. That is what we have to focus on now and give a strong response."

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