Arsene Wenger on yesterday’s win and the maturity of his players
Written by Jeffrey on October 25, 2010 4:00
On Saturday, Arsenal took full advantage of playing almost the full ninety minutes with an extra man and manager Arsene Wenger was delighted that his players kept their focus and won the game.
Speaking after the win, the Frenchman said how winning a big game away from home is important as it strengthens the believe of the squad. The manager explained how Boyata’s red-card change the aspect of the game which became more physical out of which some of his players were shown a card.
Wenger added how during his half-time team talk he asked his players to keep the concentration and score a second goal as it would have meant easing the pressure a little.
The Gunners went on to win the game by a three-goal margin with the Frenchman praising the maturity of his players who made sure not to get a red card in the second period as they went on to dominate the game.
After the 0-3 win, Wenger said:
It was under special circumstances maybe a little bit but for us it was important to get a win in a big place to strengthen the belief of the squad and continue our march forward. What I think we did today [we did with] intelligence and overall the needed performance to play against ten men.
After the sending off it became a bit electric. We got some yellow cards I felt were quite quick but then it was important for us not to get a second yellow.
I asked the players at half time to focus on playing in a positive way and to try to score a second goal. To try and get us to focus on football and not just defending our advantage. You could see that for the whole game as long as it was not 2-0 we played with the feeling that ‘we need to win, we need to win’ and there was a little bit of restriction in our game. After [we made it] 2-0 it became easier.
In terms of negotiating in an intelligent way the difficulties of the game. That means not getting a red card today, being patient when that was needed and I think collectively we dominated completely the game.