Arsene Wenger on the Villa win and the mental strength of the team
Written by Jeffrey on November 28, 2010 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was delighted with his side’s performance against Aston Villa after the Gunners registered another important win away from home.
Speaking after the game, the Frenchman explained how his players responded well after back-to-back defeats against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and Braga in the Champions League also saying how his team played well and managed to cling on after the reaction of the home side in the second half.
The Arsenal boss also explained how the moment Aston Villa pulled one back his players were facing an important test which they passed after dominating the game.
Wenger concluded by praising Gérard Houllier’s offensive department and their solid defence confessing how there is still a lot to come from his young Arsenal squad.
After the 2-4 win, Wenger said:
I believe we had three good performances and for me against Tottenham we played well. We had a lot of possession in a difficult game in Braga and we responded well today.
Overall you focus on the performance – you do not always lose when you dominate games and that’s what happened today. We played well, Villa had a good response in the second half but we managed to find the resources to win the game.
We were very dominant and the only regret you have at that stage is that you do not score enough goals. At 2-0 at half time you feel among the players that what happened last week had an impact in their head. When it came back to 2-1 it was an interesting test for my team.
We could crumble or we could score again and we scored again. Villa are a good side with good strikers and a solid defence but overall I think we dominated the game.
This team is very interesting because they are on the same wavelength in the way they want to play and [the way] they fight for each other. It’s very interesting to see and I think there is a lot more to come from this team.