Arsene Wenger: “Exceptional” Andrey Arshavin loves to play behind the strikers
Written by Renzo on October 26, 2011 19:00
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was extremely satisfied after the Gunners reached the next round of the Carling Cup, on Tuesday, against Bolton Wanderers.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Frenchman confessed that the players suffered from fatigue in the last part of the game and how their job was to focus on the result so as to avoid extra time with the manager adding that the experienced players in the squad took charge after Bolton took the lead and made sure to turn things around.
On the performance of one of the “veterans”, Andrey Arshavin, the Arsenal boss was full of praise for the Russian, a player who loves to play behind the strikers, a position that may be experimented again by the manager.
With Chelsea coming up on Saturday, Wenger concluded by saying that the objective is now to “keep going” so as to recover from a bad season start and to also to improve as in football there is always room for improvement.
After the Bolton win, the boss said:
In the last 20 minutes our legs had gone a little bit and we were hanging on with a bit of luck.
Many players have not played at that level and that intensity so it was vital for us tonight not to go into extra time.
The experienced player [when we were down] took charged of the game and made the difference. The young players kept battling.
For them it’s a fantastic experience to learn, how intense it is at this level and how much you have to fight for every single ball, that’s a good learning lesson for them tonight.
[Andrey Arshavin] loves to play behind the strikers, he scored a goal and gave an assist, he’s an exceptional talent Andrey, everybody knows that.
He is normally a wide player but he wants to grow in a role behind the striker.
Of course, he can do that. He plays where you want him to play but if you ask him honestly he will always tell you that he likes to play in there.
We want to just keep going and I think it is down to us to change the mind of people.
We have a good spirit, a good attitude and there is still some room for improvement of course. We are getting better and better.