Dec 222011

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger agreed that the win against Aston Villa was lucky for the Gunners, but also thinks that they deserved the win because the team never gave up the fight and continue to push.

“The draw was maybe fair but we kept going and we took our chance when we had the opportunity,” Wenger told Sky Sports News. “We have to give credit to Villa who had an outstanding commitment and quality. They’re a good side when they play with that kind of attitude.

“Our formidable spirit got us through and Yossi Benayoun got us three more points from the corner – which is unusual for us. And we’re very happy.

“We’ve had two very difficult away games over Christmas. First Manchester City and now Villa.

“Mentally and physically we gave everything on Sunday. You could see that some legs were tired tonight.”

Arsenal will have to continue pushing on in order to finish the season on a high, but Wenger is right they did have a bit of luck last night with Benayoun’s corner-kick goal. Do you think they deserved the win?

Dec 182011

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has renewed the club’s title ambitions and declared that after a Manchester City win the Gunners could really fight for the title if they continue the same kind of form.

“We have to come close to Man City to be really in it.

“We are in the race for the Champions League places at the moment – and the purpose is to get closer. We have a good opportunity to do it on Sunday.”

“I never gave too much importance to big scores because they are always under special circumstances, and on the day every ball they hit went in the top corner,” the Frenchman said.

“But it’s part of football, and of course it’s something we don’t want, but I don’t think that on Sunday it will even cross our minds.”

“If you have a strong mental response from your players it can help,” the Arsenal manager said.

“It took us a while to get over it – let’s not fool ourselves – and we came back slowly, but there’s something in the team that shows we have the resilience.

“We are on the way of recovery but we have a big, big test on Sunday and let’s see how we survive that test.”

“You just want to do as well as you can.”

It’s incredible how Arsenal managed to bounce back from a horrible start of the season, and with that kind of a comeback fans are entitled to hope that Arsene Wenger will manage to come back all the way and perhaps win the title in a spectacular manner.

Nov 282011

Arsenal’s goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny admitted that Arsenal is not playing the same kind of beautiful football they were last season, but the Pole is happy that the wins are coming in and he says that winning is all that counts.

“I think we’ve got more experienced players this season. We’ve got players like Mikel Arteta and Per who like to fight.”

“Mikel played for Everton who play different kind of football. Per’s got plenty of international experience and we seem like we can come out on top of all the challenges.”

“It’s a little bit different but as long as it’s effective we don’t mind. I think the players that have come in are very creative as well.”

“They make the difference in the final third. They are creative but they are different.”

“Maybe they are not as beautiful in the way they play but it doesn’t matter if you win the game. And we’ve been doing that over the last few weeks.”

Arsenal managed to get themselves on a positive streak now with 10 games with no defeat and even though they are not as spectacular as they were, progress is being made. Perhaps if Wenger will manage to transfer one or two players in January and Wilshere will be back soon Arsenal will be able to return to their attractive playing style.

Sep 252011

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger seemed very satisfied with the result and with the way his players performed yesterday on the pitch in the game against Bolton Wonderers. The Gunners managed to get a well deserved win in his opinion, and a much needed win as well.

When asked if he feared that his team would have a second half like the one at Blackburn, the coach answered:

“Yes but you know we will not lose every game like we did at Blackburn. We had 22 shots on goal and we still lost so at the start of this game it was a question of nerves, of patience, of intelligence, and I think we controlled the game well even if Szczesny made a good save at the start of the game.”

“In the second half I could not see Bolton scoring a goal although to their defence they were down to ten men and that made it even more difficult for them.”

“I felt that in the first half we were a bit impatient sometimes, that we didn’t move the ball quickly enough, that our midfielders came a bit deep because we were man-marked. That exposed us a bit to counter-attacking and we had less support up front.”

“In the second half, maybe because they were fatigued as well, our midfielders played higher up and we became straight away more dangerous. Bolton lost more balls and after that it was a question of when we would score the second goal. We had plenty of opportunities. It is a deserved win that is welcome for us because we cannot drop many more points.”

I don’t know what Wenger did to his team after the Bolton incident, or if the players just needed to get used to the new transfers and create connections between them, but it’s good to see Arsenal winning in a decisive manner like that after all the very poor games the start of the season brought.

The only question which needs answering now is whether Arsenal can show the same display of quality when playing away from home in the Premier League. Do you think that this was the come-back game for The Gunners and that Arsenal’s players will be able to put some back-to-back wins behind them?

***Arsenal v Bolton Highlights***