Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: What Arsene Wenger told us at half-time against Shrewsbury
Written by Renzo on September 22, 2011 4:30
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain confessed that the Gunners desperately needed to battle past Shrewsbury Town to reach the fourth round of the Carling Cup.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the 18-year old explained that the Shrews might as well be “lesser opposition” but considering the tough start to the season, a win at the Emirates Stadium in front of the home support was a must, especially to bounce back after the 4-3 defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
The Englishman continued by saying that even though Arsene Wenger opted for a young, less experienced squad, the players who featured did well and achieved the objective.
Asked what the players thought when James Collins gave the visitors the lead, Oxlade-Chamberlain said that the objective of the players was to follow the instructions of the manager: to stay together, keep the momentum and wait for Graham Turner to “die out”.
On Tuesday night, the 18-year old said:
[Needing the win?] I thought it was a massive, massive game for us even though, you know, you may say it was lesser opposition [but] you still have to bounce back from a disappointing result at the weekend.
[We had to] put a statement down and make sure we qualified for the next round. I think with the younger squad, a less experienced squad, we did that tonight.
[What where we thoughts when we went a goal down?] You know, some people may think, ‘Oh, here we go again’.
But we knew we had what it took tonight to definitely win the game, maybe it was a bit sloppy at the back but we knew we had to stay together.
That’s what the gaffer said to us, the boss said just keep plugging away, half time, you know, the longer we kept the momentum going and the pace of the game we thought they would die out and I think we showed that by controlling the second half.