Arsene Wenger on Chelsea and the performances of Aaron Ramsey and Koscielny
Written by Jeffrey on October 30, 2011 4:30
Arsenal moved closer and closer to the Top Four after an impressive 3-5 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, on Saturday.
Speaking after the game, manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for his team as he explained that the players knew that they desperately needed all three points from the game and fought hard to achieve their objective even after conceding a late goal in the first half’s stoppage time.
Asked about the fantastic performance of centre back Laurent Koscielny, the Arsenal boss declared that the Frenchman was outstanding in the first 45 minutes adding, however, that the defensive department gave too much space to the Chelsea strikers.
And on Aaron Ramsey, Wenger concluded by saying that people tend to forget how young players like the Welshman, Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczęsny are and how it’s therefore normal for them to need time to show how important they can be in his formation.
After the Chelsea win, the manager said:
I was very unhappy [with Chelsea's third goal] but overall I must say I can only praise my team. We didn’t look disappointed on the pitch and we kept going.
We knew that we needed a win here and we kept going to win the game. Overall I feel that they had a good team performance and they have shown great spirit.
When you go 2-1 down just before half time it’s difficult but we came out in the second half with a complete desire to go forward.
In the second half I felt we were much better defensively than in the first half. We gave too many chances away in the first half – it’s certainly down to the fact that Chelsea have a lot going forward.
But we always looked dangerous through the whole game and I hope the team strengthens its belief with a performance like that to focus on getting stronger and stronger.
You know how it is on the bench when you are 4-3 up with two minutes to do – you do not necessarily encourage your team to be crazy.
But this is the brand of our team and our Club. Sometimes you get rewarded for it and sometimes you pay for it.
[Laurent Koscielny] was outstanding. He was the one at the back in the first half who looked strong.
But I felt in the first half we gave them too much room at the back and in midfield and in the second half we got much tighter. We kept being dangerous going forward but we were less in trouble defensively.
[Aaron Ramsey?] What people forget about players like Wojciech, Ramsey and Wilshere are all 19-20 years old.
They are top quality and it is normal that they improve from game to game and from year to year.