Arsene Wenger: What I told the players after the Bolton first half
Written by Jeffrey on September 25, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that disappointing results as well as the financial crisis are two reasons why the Emirates Stadium is not enjoying a full attendance.
Speaking after the 3-0 win against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, the Frenchman said that a huge financial crisis will soon have an impact on society and the game of football with the Arsenal boss believing that stadiums will be less full in England, a problem that will soon hit Premier League Clubs as well.
On what he told his players at half time with the score still goalless, the manager revealed that the players were “a bit impatient” in the first 45 minutes and needed to be quicker in the way they passed the ball.
Wenger concluded by saying that as soon as the midfielders moved in a more advanced position in the second half, Bolton were in trouble and the Gunners took advantage as they scored three times to register a much-needed win.
After the game, the Arsenal boss said:
[The lower attendances?] It is linked with a combination of two things. First of all we had disappointing results recently and the second factor is that we are going towards a huge financial crisis which has been already in the society.
We will be hit much more and I think football suffers from the consequences as well. You can look at all the clubs in England and the Premier League seats go slower and slower out.
The stadiums will be less quickly full and we have noticed that already. We are maybe a special case because we had disappointing results but the other clubs had the same problem.
[My half-time team talk?] I felt that in the first half we were a bit impatient sometimes, that we didn’t move the ball quickly enough, that our midfielders came a bit deep because we were man-marked.
That exposed us a bit to counter-attacking and we had less support up front. In the second half, maybe because they were fatigued as well, our midfielders played higher up and we became straight away more dangerous.
Bolton lost more balls and after that it was a question of when we would score the second goal. We had plenty of opportunities. It is a deserved win that is welcome for us because we cannot drop many more points.