Arsene Wenger on his transfer plans and fatigue ahead of Everton
Written by Jeffrey on January 31, 2011 4:30
It was not as easy as many predicted and Arsenal had to battle their way past Huddersfield Town to reach the next stage of the FA Cup.
The Gunners opened the scoring on the 21st minute after Nicklas Bendtner took full advantage of Marouane Chamakh’s assist with Huddersfield finding the equaliser in the 66th minute after a good leap from Alan Lee. A late Cesc Fabregas penalty won the game for the Gunners.
Speaking after the game, manager Arsene Wenger admitted the Gunners were below par and how getting reduced to ten men right before the end of the first half made things even more difficult for his players. Arsenal, who will face Everton on Tuesday, looked tired according to the Arsenal boss who is however optimistic considering the likes of Robin van Persie and Johan Djourou will be back after not featuring on Sunday.
Asked if he will make an emergency signing now that the 30-year old centre back will be out following his red card, Wenger explained it will not affect his plans as it’s just one week of football and he prefers not to speculate on who he may or may not sign.
It had the ingredients of a cup game as well because we were down to ten men so it became very difficult. In the end we had the quality just to make the difference and in the final 25 minutes I felt we had room to score goals. But we play so many games at the moment that sometimes we are not as sharp as we would want to be. That is what happened today.
We looked a little bit tired today but hopefully before Tuesday we can recover and the good thing is that when you win you recover quicker. I had as well some players who did not play at all today who will be fresh but of course we have only 48 hours.
[Squillaci's red affecting my transfer plans?] Not more, not less, because it’s three games. For us it’s good because we play three games in a week so it is only one week [that he will be out]. No [I am not likely to sign anyone before the deadline], I leave these headlines to all the other clubs, but at the moment no.
I cannot tell you definitely because someone might knock at my door in the morning and says ‘I would like to play for you’ and he is a good player because I would sign him!