Arsene Wenger on Cesc Fabregas’ fitness level and the clean sheets
Written by Jeffrey on October 31, 2010 4:30
An 88th minute header from midfielder Alex Song was just what Arsenal needed to take all three points from yesterday’s game and secure second place in the table.
In a game which the Gunners dominated, it was West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green who stole the show producing save after save to deny Arsene Wenger’s men. Speaking in his post-match press conference, the manager started by explaining how Arsenal can win the title but consistency is the key in their mission.
Wenger was very honest in admitting how it is important to keep a good injury record if the Gunners are to be title contenders as he added how there is potential in the squad.
Asked about the consecutive clean sheets, the Frenchman explained how it’s new territory for him as he joked how it means there is no need to watch TV replays to understand what went wrong when goals are conceded.
Wenger concluded by revealing that captain Cesc Fabregas played through a hamstring injury in the second half but how he should be fit for the mid-week game in the Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk.
After the game, Wenger said:
I believe we have a good chance [to win the title], yes, but we want to show consistency first. We go step by step.
I believe we still need to step up a gear to completely achieve that. But on the other hand you feel as well that there is more to come out from this team because we had a good potential on the bench today and we still have some players to come back. So if we can keep a good injury record then we have a chance. It’s too early in the season [to be sure] but I have belief.
We have to show we can handle every single game with the different aspects that the Premier League has. You saw today that we played against the bottom team in the Premier League and it was a real battle. We have to show we can compete like that in every game.
[The clean sheets] are new, that’s new for me! A day where I don’t have to look on the television slow motion to see why we conceded a goal does not happen often so I am very happy with that.
[Fabregas] played a little bit within himself because he had a little tension in his hamstring. Let’s hope he has no setback. I hope he will be alright [for Shakhtar]. At half time I had a hesitation to take him off but I left him on for ten minutes or 15 minutes and in the end he got better and better.