Arsene Wenger on the performances of Thomas Vermaelen, Andre Santos and Park
Written by Jeffrey on November 2, 2011 4:45
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was satisfied with the defensive department after they kept a clean sheet, on Tuesday, against Olympique Marseille.
Speaking after the Champions League game, the Arsenal boss declared that back-from-injury Thomas Vermaelen enjoyed a good game with Per Mertesacker also doing well in central defence adding that Andre Santos and Carl Jenkinson on the wings should also be praised for their performances although the 19-year old still lacks experience “in certain situations”.
Asked about the offensive power of the Brazilian, the manager confessed that he is solid defensively, an intelligent player who learns quickly and is yet to fully adapt to the pace of English football.
On strikers Robin van Persie and Ju Young Park, Wenger concluded by saying that the Dutchman had a great chance to score again after coming on as a substitute with the South Korean needing more games to find the right pace to play on a regular basis.
After the 0-0 draw, Wenger said:
[The back four?] I was happy with them. It’s not all perfect but we have rebuilt a back four.
Overall Vermaelen had a good game, Mertesacker had a solid performance tonight, Santos as well. Jenkinson has just come back and he lacks experience in certain situations but overall he did well.
[Andre Santos' attacking nature?] I am happy when he has the ball. I feel personally he is much better defensively than many people think.
He is getting stronger in every game. He is a very intelligent boy who learns very quickly and obviously he has to adapt to the pace of the English game. That is not easy, to play game after game.
[Robin van Persie] had a great chance when he came on, you know? He tried to chip the keeper but overall you cannot say that one player always has to make the difference.
[Ju Young Park] did very well last week. Tonight you could see that he lacked the pace of the game a little bit because he has not played enough games.