LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal went crashing out of the English FA Cup at the hands of Blackburn Rovers and manager Arsene Wenger said the English Premier League side was just not good enough.
Colin Kazim Richards scored the all important goal in the 72nd minute for Blackburn and then the Championship side held on for the shocking victory on the road.
“If you look at the Premier League teams who went out against lower-league sides you will see it happened to many of them. We were not good enough to win the game, it is as simple as that,” Wenger said on Arsenal FC official website at www.arsenal.com
“We had a lot of the ball and [Blackburn] defended well. I believe we had 70 per cent of the ball, we had 16 shots at goal, they only had one shot at goal.
“For us it’s a typical cup game where it’s important not to concede and keep a clean sheet and I think we made a massive mistake on the goal.
“In a game like that it was down [to us] to keep a clean sheet and score in the final 15 minutes.”
The defeat adds to the disappointing season so far for Arsenal and fans continue to be upset.
“I can understand it,” said Wenger, commenting on the reaction of the fans.
“You do not want your fans to be happy when you lose at home to Blackburn when the team has one shot at goal.”
In other results, Matt Smith scored in the 90th minute for Oldham Athletic to earn a 2-2 draw with English Premier League side Everton.
ENGLISH FA CUP SCORES AND RESULTS
Luton 0 : 3 Millwall
Arsenal 0 : 1 Blackburn
MK Dons 1 : 3 Barnsley
Oldham Athletic 2 : 2 Everton