Wenger Post Match Reaction: “we were too nervous”

by David on November 10, 2013

Arsene Wenger says nerves contributed to league leaders Arsenal‘s 1-0 defeat at arch-rivals Manchester United.
Ex-Gunners striker Robin van Persie’s header in the first half gave David Moyes’s side victory, and left the visitors still looking for their first league win at Old Trafford since 2006.

“We were just too nervous in the first half,” said the Arsenal manager.

“We haven’t won for a long time here now. Once again it is a tight game that has been decided on a set-piece.”

The match contained few clear-cut chances and Arsenal only managed two shots on target, although they did go close on a couple of occasions when Bacary Sagna’s pacy deliveries flashed past his team-mates.

“We rushed our game too much and lost too many balls. In the second half we were composed, had a real go and played our usual game,” Wenger said.

“We were very, very, very close a few times. The heart was in the game, the desire was in there, but maybe a bit too much in the first half. We are quite strong on defending set-pieces and I was surprised we were caught on the near post.

“We had to give a lot this week – Liverpool, Dortmund and here today. I think a draw would have been a fair result.”

When asked if he considered replacing goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after he suffered a head injury in the first half, Wenger added:

“I listen to the doctor and if he tells me a player has to come off, he comes off. No matter if we have seven men on the field, I do it. You only have one life, you play 60 games a year.”

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Antique Gunmen November 11, 2013 at 4:33 am

ManUre is remain to represent our biggest mental barrier yet. Will be hard to beat them even with our on form team. They were a long time broker of our records, you named it. Arsene’s right. Santi, Ozil, Ramsey, and Flamini seemed to loss their passing boots simultaneously. However, I’m sure that this match generously not determine our campaign. We still two points above Looserpool.
Therefore, gunners should regain this setback with win in next fixtures againts Southampton.

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Bob November 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

Bacary Sagna was at his best yesterday. The three or four crosses he made on the right flank were perfect, only needing a tap in or header to finish off but lady lucky was looking elsewhere. Thumbs up to the team for the 2nd half performance.

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Mahmoud Kamara November 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

Arsenal lost to Man United was actually nervousness in the first half but I have different view from Wenger.
It needs attention from our supporters and the management for this season: Oliver Giroud is not the best or right striker for Arsenal status at the moment the team need a world class striker where Giroud could only be used as a substitute or standby striker. Again our our actual team Captain Thomas Vermalene has long time lost winning confidence in the team from last season. If you can recalled last season Arsenal only started winning games when Artate started the second Captain started heading the team since then Arsenal as a team has never lost miserably especially games that we needed greatly even up to this season. No one know what is responsible for that except God but it is fact about our Captain Vermalene we lost to Chelsea in Capital one cup this year when he captain the team that is fact. The man is actually a big player but that is the unfortunate thing that is happening to him from last season up to date. The Gunners need to follow up with this view I have made and critically Judge if they are not in place. We will still maintain him as our team Captain but let him be coming on in the second half.

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