Arsene Wenger on the West Brom win and Carl Jenkinson’s “interesting” performance
Written by Jeffrey on November 6, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was clearly delighted after the Gunners eased past West Bromwich Albion, on Saturday, in the English Premier League.
Speaking after the game, the Frenchman described the performance as a controlled one in which his players dominated the game, moved the ball around at a good pace, created chances and of course scored goals, their eight in seven days in domestic competitions after the five scored at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.
Asked about the goal difference that has improved in the last week, the Arsenal boss admitted that it’s not easy to recover after the eight goals conceded against Manchester United at Old Trafford adding that games like today’s can make a difference, at the end of the season.
And on the performance of 19-year old Carl Jenkinson, Wenger concluded by saying that the youngster enjoyed a “very interesting game” as he was quality in defence and a big asset in the offensive department with his perfect crosses.
After the 3-0 win, the manager said:
Overall it was a controlled performance where we had complete domination of the game.
It was a good pace in the first half – in the second it was a little bit off – but we were never really in trouble.
We are getting stronger and overall it is a positive afternoon. We scored five goals last week, three goals today and didn’t concede.
[A positive goal difference?] Yes. We put ourselves with a good handicap with the 8-2 [defeat] at Manchester United! It’s good but I was not used to seeing that before.
It was a shock every time I saw minus in front of our goal difference. We know that can make a difference at the end of the season.
Not only is it the first time we have had a positive goal difference but if you look at the teams above us there is not much difference – they are plus two or four maybe. That is catchable.
[Carl Jenkinson?] Today he had a very interesting game with the quality of his defending and the quality of his crossing.
The pace of his improvement is very interesting. His energy levels are absolutely amazing.