Here are some of Arsene Wenger’s comments after today’s 0-0 draw with Everton:
on the performance…
My first answer is that we should have won the game. The second, it keeps us still in a strong position in the race for the top four. Basically, the game was very intense physically. I felt that in the first half the referee didn’t deal at all well with the intimidating physical challenges, but that we responded well to the physicality. We had fantastic commitment. It was detrimental a little to the fluency of our game, but we kept going and had good concentration. The regret I have is that we had the chances to score. Maybe we used power instead of technique too much in our finishing. And, the second regret I have is that with the number of set-pieces we had at home, there has to be a goal. Apart from that, I can only congratulate the team for the spirit and commitment. Read more... (481 words, estimated 1:55 mins reading time)
Arsenal wasted a chance to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four as the Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton on Tuesday.
Arsene Wenger’s side would have moved four points clear of fifth placed Tottenham with a win at the Emirates Stadium.
But they were forced to settle for a point as obdurate Everton’s physical approach succeeded in frustrating the hosts.
Third placed Arsenal are now two points clear of Chelsea and Tottenham in the race to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Read more... (589 words, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
Here are some of Arsene Wenger’s comments after watching Arsenal thump Reading 4-1 today.
on the win…
We enjoyed the game. I enjoyed our technical side, our creative side, our spirit and how disciplined and focused we were. The regret you have is that there were more goals in this game than the number of goals we scored. Overall, it’s a good basis to finish the season well. Let’s just keep that spirit, that attitude and play the football we want to play.
on Monreal’s injury…
It’s not bad, two or three days. He hit the post. It’s bruised on the hip I think. Read more... (748 words, estimated 3:0 mins reading time)
Here are some of Arsene Wenger’s comments after Arsenal beat Swansea 2-0 on Saturday.
on the win…
The attitude of our players and our team was outstanding. Even when the legs were a bit less fresh, we kept going and refused to drop points. We knew before the game what was expected, and we gave absolutely everything until the end. What we did in the last three days is always difficult to do for any team. To win away in the Champions League and win straight away three days later in the Premier League is very difficult. I would like to congratulate the players for that. Read more... (491 words, estimated 1:58 mins reading time)
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was left ruing defensive mistakes in the first leg of his side’s Champions League last-16 clash after coming close to shocking Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
The Gunners were 2-0 victors on the night thanks to an early Olivier Giroud strike and a late Laurent Koscielny goal, but after their 3-1 defeat in north London it was the German side who progressed on away goals.
Mario Mandzukic’s late third goal was the difference between the two sides over the two legs and it is a goal which still irks Wenger. Read more... (308 words, 1 image, estimated 1:14 mins reading time)
Here are some of Arsène Wenger’s comments after today’s 2-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.
on the derby…
It’s frustrating because we put so much effort it and we lost the game when we were on top of the game. If you watch the game again you will see that at the moment we were 2-0 down we should have been 2-0 up. They had a very difficult start, we were on top of the game, and the 2-0 lead of course gave them the confidence to defend well and that’s what they did for the rest of the game. Read more... (477 words, 1 image, estimated 1:54 mins reading time)
It was a match that summed up Arsenal’s season in 90 minutes. Terrific for the first 25 minutes without creating a chance then two horrible defensive errors gifted Spurs two goals.
In the second half, Arsenal get one back and then spend the last 20 minutes pressing for an equalizer that never came.
Some quick thoughts on the game: Read more... (368 words, 1 image, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
- Let’s start with the two Spurs goals. Just criminal defending on the goals. For the first one, who can Mertesacker and Vermaelen let Bale run unmarked through the heart of the defense? And for the second, why did Monreal track Lennon until he got into the box and then leave him? Schoolboy defending.
Any hopes that Gunners fans had of Arsenal doing a Chelsea and winning the Champions League this season were all but extinguished after 20 minutes when Bayern scored their second away goal of the game. Despite an Arsenal flurry in the second half, the Gunners were second best on the night.
Some quick thoughts on the game: Read more... (426 words, 1 image, estimated 1:42 mins reading time)
- Once again, its was brutal defending by Arsenal that cost them tonight. All three goals were easily preventable, as has been the case most of the season. On Bayern’s first, Arteta failed to close down Muller and his cross eventually fell to Kroos to school. Really poor defending from an experienced player who should know better.
Here are some of Arsene Wenger’s comments after today’s shocking 1-0 loss at home to Blackburn in the FA Cup:
on any regrets over team selection…
No. We had 11 international players on the pitch at the start of the game. When we made the changes we were at 0-0.
on the performance…
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. Read more... (576 words, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
We are some of Arsene Wenger’s comments after today’s battling 1-0 win away to Sunderland.
on the win…
It was tight in the end. It was a game with a high level of intensity where we showed brilliance going forward, but unfortunately we couldn’t score the second goal. We had to show another side in the second half, especially being down to 10 men in the last 20 minutes. We needed to be resilient, committed and deal with everything. I think it was a typical Premier League game with top quality on both sides. Read more... (529 words, estimated 2:07 mins reading time)