Arsene Wenger on the City goalless draw, Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor
Written by Jeffrey on April 25, 2010 4:00
It was only the second draw of the season for Arsenal after the one away at Aston Villa and it will probably be registered as the most boring game of the season.
Against Manchester City, the Gunners lacked in ideas and created only two chances in a game in which they had 58% of possessions. Speaking after the game, manager Arsene Wenger admitted he is not used of seeing his squad creating so little.
The Frenchman also spoke of striker Robin van Persie who played the whole 90 minutes for the first time since November. Wenger explained how he decided not to replace him as the game could have been won from a set-piece.
Finally, on Emmanuel Adebayor, Wenger admitted the Togo striker made the game more lively with his runs and aerial capabilities but was still not enough to cause any problems to his Arsenal back four as the Gunners did well in breaking City’s counter attacking moves.
In his post-match press conference, Wenger said:
It was an afternoon I am not used to because we created very few chances and Man City didn’t create anything. They were highly focused on defending well. They didn’t give us any space and we could not find the opener. For as long as we couldn’t do that it was a locked game basically. There were very few chances. It was two teams who played well defensively, had very good discipline but created very few chances.
[van Persie] was sharp for 60 minutes, 70 minutes. After he dropped physically, I left him on because I thought we can only win on set pieces today and that he could score a free kick or give a corner that could allow us to score. But overall he was very sharp, in the first half especially. But for having been out for such a long time it is quite positive.
[Adebayor] made it a bit livelier because our supporters suddenly got lively and he was focused and motivated and sharp and he wants some longer balls and that is why suddenly it was a bit livelier. But even then they didn’t create a lot. They played a lot on the counter attack and when you could break the counter attacks we weren’t a lot in trouble.