Wenger on the Koscielny-Vermaelen partnership and the unstoppable Robin van Persie
Written by Jeffrey on November 6, 2011 4:45
Arsenal can look forward with optimism after they registered their seventh consecutive positive result, on Saturday, against West Bromwich Albion.
Speaking after the comfortable win at the Emirates Stadium, manager Arsene Wenger declared that the partnership between Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen in central defence was exceptional as he opted for the two quick centre backs believing that Nigeria’s Peter Odemwingie would be involved in Roy Hodgson’s side.
Asked about the striker-like finish from the Belgian when the Gunners scored the second, the Arsenal boss joked that he should have scored a second with an easy header in the second half adding that it is always important to have centre backs who can score goals.
And on the unstoppable Robin van Persie, Wenger concluded by saying that the Dutchman not only scored the first goal for the Gunners but also turned provider for his team-mates with the manager opting to wait on whether the 28-year old is currently the best striker in the world.
After the West Brom win, Wenger said:
[The Koscielny and Vermaelen's partnership?] I expected [Peter] Odemwingie to play so I opted for two centre-backs who are quick. In the end he didn’t play but they worked very well together.
[Vermaelen's finishing?] He should have got a second goal with the header!
I like centre-backs who score goals, but I also like in my team that everybody is scoring goals.
[Van Persie?] At the moment it is difficult to stop him. He was not only a goalscorer but a provider today, that’s what I like with the strikers.
The only thing I know is that he is world class. When I was a kid, in Germany they had three rankings: national class, international class and world class.
World class we always knew four or five players but I would put him into that calibre.
[If he's the best striker in the world?] There is some quality there. But of course [Lionel] Messi will win again.
He is the best player in the world and deservedly so because he won everything.
Let’s not put too much pressure on Robin and let him enjoy a full season. I think we can make a better assessment at the end of the season.