Wenger blasts complacent Arsenal

23 February 2018 03:39:41 EST

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his team lacked focus after their shock 2-1 defeat to Ostersunds in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Gunners came in to the second leg of their last-32 tie with a 3-0 advantage from the first meeting in Sweden and were expected to record another comfortable win, especially after Wenger named a relatively strong side for the game.

However, the Emirates Stadium was stunned as Ostersunds took a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to goals from Hosam Aiesh and Ken Sema.

With the Swedish minnows threatening to pull off an incredible upset, Wenger's men had to improve in the second half and duly did, Sead Kolasinac pulling a goal back two minutes after the restart.

However, despite creating a number of good chances, Arsenal slumped to a surprise defeat, albeit not a costly one as they advanced to the last-16 of the Europa League 4-2 on aggregate.

Wenger admitted he had been upset with his team's attitude in the first half and felt they had approached the game in the wrong manner.

"We were not at the races in the first half," he said in his post-match press conference. "We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused. We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That's why we were in trouble.

"We prepared properly, in a serious way, but you have external circumstances," he said. "The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game.

"Football doesn't work like that. We played against a good side and it's what you see in the FA Cup. You can be in trouble every time you're not 100 per cent focused."

Arsenal are now 3/1 to win the Europa League ahead of Friday's last-16 draw, with Atletico Madrid 11/8.

The Gunners will now turn their attention towards Sunday's EFL Cup final against Manchester City, a game they are 19/4 to win with the Citizens 4/7 and the draw 18/5.

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