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Wenger disappointed by late Everton loss

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger echoed the thoughts of every single Gunners fans when he said after the defeat by Everton that he felt his side had been a tad unlikely to lose and was disappointed with the result.

Truth be told, Arsenal bossed the better part of the first half, and despite taking the lead through on Alexis Sanchez freekick, ended up on the losing side as two headed goals on set pieces cost them vital points in the Premier League title race.

Wenger told BBC Sport after the game, "I don't think with five to go we deserved to lose the game but we were caught on two headers. I think especially on the first one we were guilty, the second one was from a corner. We controlled Romelu Lukaku well but two defenders scored. Maybe we made it easy for them when they became more physical. They played a real cup game tonight.

"They defended well even when we controlled the game. We created chances but not too many were clear-cut. We battled hard. We put everything in and the players are very disappointed," the veteran Frenchman added.

Arsenal had been guilty of not hitting the target enough over the course of the game, and were made to pay the price by their hosts.

Arsene Wenger though felt after the game that the Gunners had been guilty of being forced into a more physical contest and told BT Sport, "It was a very physical game, we faced many physical challenges and that disturbed our game but we were a bit unlucky to lose as well. We had chances in the first half, especially from Mesut. They defended well, they played a cup game, and at the end of the day it was two defenders in their team who scored. They were a bit scared at first but they got their confidence. We did fight, I cannot fault that."