Arsene Wenger: What I said and opted to change at half time
Written by Jeffrey on October 30, 2011 4:45
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for striker Robin van Persie who scored a hat-trick, on Saturday, against Chelsea.
Speaking after the game in his press conference and to Arsenal Player, the Frenchman revealed his half-time team talk as he explained that the Dutchman is enjoying the best form of his life adding that he is a class player, intelligent with his movement and of course one who can score goals as his finishing is exceptional.
Asked about the positive results registered in the last two weeks, the Arsenal boss confirmed that the Gunners are now more consistent and how there job is to focus on Tuesday’s Champions League game, at the Emirates, against Olympique Marseille.
Wenger concluded by saying that it is not easy to understand why so many goals were scored in big games this season, referring to Manchester United’s 8-2 win over Arsenal, Manchester City’s 6-1 win over the Red Devils and yesterday’s impressive win by the Gunners.
After the 3-5 win, Wenger said:
There was a little turning point in the second with Wojciech [Szczęsny], could have had a red card or not.
[What I said and changed at half-time?] Well I felt we left them too much room in the first half in midfield and in the second half we tightened up a lot.
And I tried to convince my team as well that we can win this game because we looked always dangerous when we got in the final third.
And with a proactive attitude, because I felt that in the first half when we got back to one-one we sit back a little bit and that allowed them to score the second goal on the corner.
But I feel in the second half we dominated completely the game, created chance after chance and in the end it was a deserve and normal win.
[Robin van Persie] is of course on fire and he takes advantage through his class. We attack a lot and we create chances overall of course.
The intelligence of his movement around the box and the accuracy of his finishing is exceptional.
[A strong run of form?] It’s the best habit in my job. We are more consistent now and we have to keep that going now.
Tuesday night will be another test where we will have to focus and produce that quality again, that’s what is at stake.
We played some games like Liverpool and Manchester United when we played with ten men. But we did not have the team at that time – I feel as though we are much stronger now.
[Too many goals in big games this season?] It’s a good question because is it down to the fact that there are so many good offensive players on the pitch or is it down to a team scoring more goals and opening themselves up?
Or is it down to the fact that the top teams are a bit more fragile defensively? It is difficult to answer that, we need more games to do that.
They are top quality and it is normal that they improve from game to game and from year to year.