Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal lacked urgency in their EFL Cup quarter-final defeat to Southampton.
First-half goals from Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand condemned Arsenal to their first loss in any competition since the opening day of the season at the Emirates.
Wenger fulfilled his promise to field a mixture of youth and experience by making 10 changes to the side which beat Bournemouth 3-1 on Sunday.
But the Frenchman insists his side was strong enough to get a result with Premier League regulars Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi and Mohamed Elneny all playing from the start.
“I have regrets on having lost the game,” said Wenger, when asked if he has any regrets over his team selection.
“I think we have played well until now and when you look at the players who have played tonight, some of the players who didn’t play tonight were on the edge.
“When you look at the team we played, in midfield we had Coquelin, Ramsey, Elneny, afterwards Xhaka.
“Up front we had Lucas, Giroud was injured. We had Iwobi, who is a regular player in the first team.
“I don’t think the problem was there – we had players who are used to top-level competition but I think we maybe didn’t have the right urgency from the start on.”
Arsenal return to top-flight action against at West Ham on Saturday evening.
The Gunners currently sit fourth in the table, three points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 13 matches.
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