Arsene Wenger on taking the Carling Cup seriously and using Cesc Fabregas
Written by Jeffrey on October 28, 2010 4:00
For yet another time this season, Arsenal enjoyed a big-scoreline win as they advance to the Quarter Finals of the Carling Cup.
Speaking after the game, manager Arsene Wenger declared he was pleased with the performance of his players as he believes how the first goal was the key of the encounter. Arsenal took the lead after the Newcastle defence failed to clear the danger with the Gunners finding little or no resistance to go on and score three more goals.
Asked about Nicklas Bendtner’s challenge on a Newcastle defender, Wenger said how he needs to see the episode again although the Frenchman believes Theo Walcott would have still scored as he was well in front of the defenders.
On taking the cup seriously, Wenger added how he is and how he is taking full advantage of the big squad he currently possesses. The Frenchman concluded by saying how the reason why he used Cesc Fabregas was because the Spaniard needs to play, after returning from injury.
After the 0-4 win, Wenger said:
I am pleased with the performance. Saying that, the first goal was certainly the turning point in the game because we had a lot of domination but didn’t take our chances early on in the game.
Then Newcastle defended with numbers behind the ball and it became difficult to score. We were lucky with the first goal just before half time – that was certainly a blow for Newcastle. It put us in a position where we could break much more because Newcastle had to come out and that’s basically what happened in the second half.
I have to see if Bendtner blocked the central defender on purpose or not, I have to see that again. For me Walcott was well in front of the central defender anyway so I don’t think that has influenced the goal.
I am taking the competition seriously. I have a big squad at the moment and Cesc needs games as well. He played at Manchester City and tonight a little bit so that’s what he needs at the moment.