Arsene Wenger on Manuel Almunia’s mistake against West Bromwich Albion
Written by Renzo on March 25, 2011 21:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes West Bromwich Albion’s lack of goal-scoring opportunities last week shows that the Gunners dominated the Baggies and deserved to win the game.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online, the Frenchman described the two goals conceded by the Gunners as “unavoidable” as he praised his players for the character showed to come back from two goals down in the last twenty minutes of the game, period during which the Gunners could have easily won the game had Marouane Chamakh took advantage of a chance late on.
On regrets, the Arsenal boss explained they have none, that the team is focusing on the positives as the negatives of the game – the defensive mistakes that allowed Roy Hodgson’s men to score twice – can easily be corrected.
And asked on Manuel Almunia’s second-goal howler, Wenger concluded by saying that the Spaniard knows that he made a mistake and that it hurts to concede such a goal in such a massive game, adding that the player was hurt for what happened.
On last Saturday’s game, Wenger said:
[West Brom] had two shots on goal. When you play away from home and of course you have two shots on goal against you that first of all tells you that you had a good domination and unfortunately we conceded two unavoidable goals.
But we showed character to come back and have no regrets as I believe [Marouane] Chamakh had a very good chance with a minute to go to score the three-two.
But overall, we want to keep the positives out of that game and we believe the negatives are easy to correct because it was quite painful to concede the way we conceded the two goals.
What can you say [on Manuel Almunia]? He knows it was the wrong decision and therefore in big games it hurts because that was a massive game for us and it hurts him of course.