Arsene Wenger on the Shrewsbury win, to give Ryo Miyaichi “more chances”
Written by Jeffrey on September 21, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that yesterday’s win against Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup should be archived as a nervy game, against a good side.
Speaking after a much-needed win that the Gunners registered by winning 3-1, the Frenchman was full of praise for Graham Turner’s men as they adopted a direct approach but were intelligent and efficient when pushing forward with the manager admitting that they had goal-scoring opportunities even after they took the lead in the 16th minute of the game.
Asked if the first half performance is a concern, the Arsenal boss declared that the visitors were dangerous in the first 45 minutes of the game adding that no team should be underestimated in the game of football.
Wenger concluded by saying that Japan’s Ryo Miyaichi did well after coming on as a substitute with the manager determined to give more chances to the 18-year old who yesterday played his first official game for the Gunners.
After the 3-1 win, Wenger said:
It was a bit nervy because we played against a good side. I said before the game that the lower divisions have improved in the last five years and you could see that.
They were direct but not without technique. They had a direct game but they played it with intelligence and efficiency. They had a few dangerous situations in the first half, even after they scored.
So 1-1 was not too bad for us at half time and in the second half we took over, they dropped physically and we played in one half after that.
[If they dominated the first half?] I’m not sure they dominated the first half, if you look at the numbers again you will see they didn’t dominate the game. They created dangerous situations.
It’s always difficult to beat a football team, no matter what division they play in. They knocked Swansea and Derby out and you can see why. They are top of their league.
[Ryo Miyaichi] did well when he came on. My regret tonight is that he didn’t play long enough to show what he is capable of doing. He will get more opportunities.