Wenger was quick to lay the blame for the scoreless result at the feet of Chelsea, branding their play negative.
"Before the game, I thought it would be an open one - we had to win, they had to win," he said.
"They decided to lock up the game and catch us on the break only, with two wide players who are quick, and Fernando Torres.
"I felt we had a very solid defensive performance. Going forward, we didn't find our quick passing game and the regret we have today is that we played offensively with a handbrake and not as clean technically as we can do.
Wenger, whose side suffered a shock home defeat to Wigan on Monday, added: "That is why we didn't open them up enough. It was a bit similar to what we saw against Wigan and that's a regret I have."