Arsene Wenger on yesterday’s game and wanting Henry to play for Arsenal
Written by Jeffrey on August 1, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was a happy man even if the Gunners failed to win the Emirates Cup after drawing both games against Boca Juniors and the New York Red Bulls.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw, the Frenchman confessed he was frustrated with the way Hans Backe’s parked the bus in the early stages of the game adding that he is overall happy with the performance of the players who did well against two teams that were very committed, very physical and very strong defensively.
On Thierry Henry, the Arsenal boss said that the 33-year is still quality as he still possesses good physical potential, confirming rumours before the game saying that he was supposed to feature for Arsenal in the last five minutes of the game.
Wenger concluded by saying that the referee insisted that rules don’t allow a player to play for two different teams in the same game, reason why the former Arsenal striker was forced to end the game with the Red Bulls, turning provider in the move that led to the equalising goal.
After the game, Wenger said:
It was a bit frustrating that it was only forwards against defence. They played very deep and didn’t come out. But it’s part of the game. I felt we looked quite stable as long as we were not making any disturbances in our organisation. The final 20 minutes were a bit like yesterday, you could see the continuity in our game went.
Overall, I am very happy with the two days because we were confronted with two teams who were very committed, very physical and very strong defensively. We were tested.
On both days, we played very well for an hour. We have nothing more to offer at the moment. Hopefully that will change in the next two weeks.
They say great clubs never die and it looks like great players never die. Thierry [Henry] has shown us today that he is still top quality with his feet and with his head.
With his head, I knew [he is still top quality], but with his feet I wasn’t sure. He still has good physical potential and has prepared exceptionally well for this game. I am very happy to have seen him today and he played a good game.
The surprise was that we wanted him to play in the last five minutes for us. He was desperate to do it, but the referees stubbornly turned it down.
I went in to see the referee at half time to ask him to allow him to play for us but they told us that the rules are absolutely, adamantly against it because one given player cannot play for two teams in the same game. That was the surprise! It would have been before [he supplied the pass that led to the equaliser.]