Arsenal lost to West Bromwich Albion while Chelsea narrowly beat Norwich City on Saturday, but, despite their contrasting results, the managers of both London clubs were on the same page as they spoke to the media afterwards.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who saw his team lose 2-1 at the Hawthorns, and Blues manager Jose Mourinho, who oversaw a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge, were both adamant that the scorelines in their respective matches did not do their side justice.
Wenger told Sky Sports: “I believe we never deserved to lose this game.
“I believe we gave everything to win it. Maybe, if I could say one part where the focus was not 100 per cent, it was between 35 and 45 [minutes].”
Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal the lead on 28 minutes, but the Gunners were behind by half time following James Morrison’s equaliser and an own goal by Mikel Arteta.
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Chelsea’s win – which came courtesy of a first-half Diego Costa strike – ended a run of three consecutive Premier League defeats for last season’s champions.
Mourinho claimed Chelsea were completely dominant against Norwich, but he admitted that he became very nervous late on because his team had been unable to kill the game with the second goal their play deserved.
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