Arsene Wenger on losing leads, the title race and Scott Parker
Written by Jeffrey on April 24, 2011 13:00
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is wrong in believing the Blues are better-positioned than the Gunners to win the title.
The Frenchman admitted Chelsea are enjoying a nice run but mathematically the two teams are on the same level. Asked what is the reason why the Gunners struggle so much to keep a lead, the Arsenal boss replied by saying that the players should be less nervous and communicate better in the final parts of the game.
And on Scott Parker winning the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award, Wenger concluded by praising the West Ham United midfielder, saying that he had an “outstanding season” and was very influential for his team.
During Friday’s press-conference, Wenger said:
I’m quite open to everything but mathematically, and I was not too bad at Maths, it’s quite difficult to understand the logic of [Petr Cech's] statement.
You cannot say Chelsea are not the form team. But when they have the same number of points, mathematically I can’t see a difference.
We try to get the players to focus on continuing to play in a calm way but we must as well give some credit to the opponents. For example Liverpool was a typical nervy problem. Tottenham I must say they have quality up front.
There are a lot of things you need [to keep leads], first of all experience and calm. Our defenders are under pressure because they are criticised for not holding on for results.
That makes the problem a little bit worse. I feel what is important is to continue to play whatever the score is. I feel we need to keep our nerves more and communicate better.
[Scott Parker voted the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year] is a justifiable choice because he [has] had an outstanding season.
I feel recently he has been stopped by injuries but he was very influential in the West Ham team.