Wenger on Bolton and the performances of Park, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo
Written by Jeffrey on October 26, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was delighted after the Gunners produced an impressive win against Bolton, on Tuesday, in the Carling Cup.
With Nico Yennaris, Sebastien Squillaci and Ignasi Miquel all in the starting line-up, the Gunners were brave enough to recover from a disappointing second half start that saw Fabrice Muamba giving Bolton the lead and go on to first level things up and then win the game with a fantastic effort from South Korea striker Chu Young Park.
In his post-match press conference, manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for his players as he explained that Park had a very good game, showed intelligent and was exceptional with the quality of his movement.
On Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi, Wenger declared that the two need to get used to the intensity of these games with the manager also praising goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, by him described as a world-class goalkeeper.
After the 2-1 win, the manager said:
In the first half I believe we had the chances. In the second half we were caught straight away losing the ball in our own half and they scored.
From then on of course they tested us. The more experienced players then took charge of the game, especially Arshavin, Park and Benayoun – they made the difference.
I have to congratulate the team because we had two young full-backs who are usually central players. In midfield we were very young and we have shown good spirit against a good Bolton side.
[Chu Young Park?] I am very pleased with his performance. He had a very, very good game. He has shown intelligence in his link play with others.
The quality of his movement was exceptional and his finishing is absolutely fantastic. He has shown tonight that he is a very, very good player. He is ready to play in league games, yes.
Compared to the player who played in the first match [against Shrewsbury] where he was a bit inhibited, tonight I felt he played with freedom and has showed what a good player he is.
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain?] What I told you – the urgency is used to dominate the games. Now he is at a level where every single ball needs 100 per cent concentration and fight, and that is what he will learn in these games.
[Lukasz Fabianski?] He is a world-class goalkeeper. I have always said that and I am convinced that we are very lucky here to have fantastic goalkeepers.
Mannone as well is very good. The problem is when you are a goalkeeper only one can play.
[Ryo Miyaichi?] Ryo is a guy with heart. I don’t think he played long enough and we were in a position where we had to defend more than we could attack.
But you could see straight away that his heart, his determination and his pace in game are big assets.
He is like Oxlade-Chamberlain – they have to get used to the intensity of these games.
When will he be ready? He just had one day training yesterday with the group because he was injured. He worked a lot with the fitness coach. I believe he will be ready at Christmas.