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Wenger: 'It all went wrong'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that everything went wrong in Saturday's 6-0 defeat at Chelsea and insisted that he is thinking 'deeply' about their loss to ensure it does not happen again.

Wenger, who did not do his pre-match news conference on Monday and instead sent out his thoughts in a written statement to the media, promised supporters that the Gunners would do everything they could to respond in the right way when they face Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Saturday's defeat in his 1,000th match in charge of the club was Arsenal's joint-worst defeat in the Premier League era and their heaviest defeat in London since a 6-0 loss at West Ham United in 1960.

And the 64-year-old admitted going down to ten men, when Kieran Gibbs was shown a red card by referee Andre Marriner rather than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who handled the ball in the penalty area, left them open to concede even more goals.

"We have to think deeply about it because it is not the first time it has happened in this kind of game," Wenger said.

"It all went wrong and we failed completely on Saturday because we did not turn up with a performance.

"We are intelligent enough and care enough about the club to of course be disappointed.

"It looked like we missed the start of our game and were caught on the counter attack. We were caught on the break.

"After that of course the game became very long because down to 10 men, down to 3-0, it became of course an impossible task. You just wonder, 'OK let's finish it'

"When you have to attack with 10 men and you're down 3-0 you know you have more chances to concede another goal. That's what happened."

The result left Arsenal in fourth spot, seven points behind leaders Chelsea but with a game in hand, and it was the third time this season that they have suffered a big loss against a top four side having been beaten 6-3 by Manchester City in December and 5-1 by Liverpool last month.

Wenger drew comparisons with the Liverpool defeat saying: "The common thing was that it was a 12.45 game and twice we were caught at the start.

"There's no rational explanation other than the quality of our opponents and that we were caught at the start of the game. Why? We don't really know."