Arsene Wenger on clean sheets, Thomas Vermaelen, Carl Jenkinson and Top Four
Written by Jeffrey on November 10, 2011 4:30
With a number of international games starting tomorrow, Arsenal fans will of course hope to see all their favourites return from duty with no injury concerns in order to continue their unbeaten run started last month.
Speaking about the positive run, manager Arsene Wenger highlighted the importance of clean sheets as he declared that the squad has improved in the defensive department and the players are doing a fine job in attacking and defending as a unit with the manager bemoaning the fact that training will only resume in ten days.
Going back to the 3-0 win against West Bromwich Albion and speaking of Carl Jenkinson’s performance, the Frenchman explained that the 19-year old is improving at an amazing pace as he praised his performance against the Baggies.
On back-from-injury Thomas Vermaelen, Wenger concluded by saying that the central defence area is looking incredible strong and how he now can afford the luxury of rotating as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have been in splendid form as well.
After the WBA game, Wenger said:
[Three out of four clean sheets?] I’m quite happy you noticed that because usually we get some bad publicity for conceding goals.
I feel that we have improved but there is still some work to do. But it’s better, it’s solid and overall I feel that the team works well.
Unfortunately now we cannot work on it because all the players go away.
[Carl Jenkinson?] People forget that he only had I think 15 games at Charlton, and now maybe 10 games for us.
What is so impressive is how quickly he has improved. I must say he had a very impressive game.
[Thomas Vermaelen's return?] He is settling in very well and very quickly. We have a solid defence, solid centre-backs now.
We can even rotate a little bit when needed. Overall compared to one month ago it just shows how quickly football can change.
If people work hard, have a good attitude and good spirit, that’s what we want to continue to do.
[Coming back into top four contention?] That’s where we want to be, but we want to be even higher up. Let’s go game by game.
When you see where we came from and how much we have suffered that is a good lesson for us to keep working hard.
Not so long ago people were asking me whether or not I thought we would be fighting relegation, so let’s continue to work hard and not forget that.