Arsenal lost 3-2 and Arsene Wenger says they were too soft at the back.
The Gunners won their last three games ahead of this fixture at the Britannia Stadium but conceded three goals from Peter Crouch, Bojan Krkic and Jonathan Walters in the first half but came out fighting in the last 45 minutes. They scored two goals but didn’t complete the come-back.
"I think we were a bit inexperienced at the back," Wenger told BBC Sport.
"We couldn't play Laurent Koscielny or Nacho Monreal and we were maybe a bit soft to cope with what they offered."
"There's a lot of regret, we had given a lot," added the Frenchman, whose team had a better performance in the second-half with Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey scoring a goal each.
"We showed great energy levels and a great response. The spirit of the team was fantastic.
"Defensively, we missed the start of the game. We gave easy goals away. We were not decisive in challenges.
"Once we were 3-0 down, we had a mountain to climb. We did climb, but were a bit unlucky I must say."
Written by Thinkfootballideas staff