Date: 10th December 2007 at 5:45pm
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims the Gunners deserved to lose based on their poor performance, and who could disagree?

Arsene’s army fell to their first league defeat of the season, as Boro put on a display that more than deserved the 2-1 score line they finished with. The performance was rather alarmingly reminiscent of our away form of the last 2 seasons.

Wenger was far from pleased.’We lost the game because we deserved to lose it,” said Wenger. ‘It’s that simple. Middlesbrough were sharper in the fight.’

‘We missed the start of the game by giving them too much room and it cost us a penalty. From then on, it was down to us being a little bit jaded physically. It was our fourth away trip on the trot.’

‘We gave absolutely everything to come back. We lacked creativity, sharpness in our passing, so therefore we were not dangerous enough to come back into the game.

‘They defended well, Credit to them, they were sharper than us and you could see, once we were 1-0 down, if we did not come back before half-time, it would be difficult.”