Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was disappointed with his side after their 3-1 away defeat to Stoke City.
Having gone two goals down in the first half to strikes from Kenwyne Jones and Jermaine Pennant, Robin van Persie gave the Gunners hope in the 81st minute with his 15th goal of the season, before Jonathan Walters scored the third and final goal a minute later.
Talking to Sky Sports after the game, Wenger felt his side did not compete: “No, certainly not. On that front, we were not at the right level, certainly not in the first half. It is always difficult to say why, but it is a fact.
“You are never happy when you are not competitive enough… We made too many mistakes to win a game like that. They defended well and it was always difficult for us.”
Arsenal now sit in third position, three points behind Chelsea, and five clear of Man City, who have a game in hand.