Arsene Wenger on Yossi Benayoun’s chances and changes in Arsenal’s style
Written by Jeffrey on November 15, 2011 4:45
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that experienced players brought something that was missing, in the Arsenal dressing room.
Heavily criticised for signing inexperience over the last few years, the Frenchman opted to finally change his mentally as he signed 27-year old Per Mertesacker, 31-year old Yosef Shai Benayoun and 28-year old André Clarindo dos Santos in the last day of the summer transfer window, who, together with 29-year old Mikel Arteta have indeed added experience and maturity to the Arsenal squad.
On the Israel International, the manager declared that he is doing well in his first year at the Club and that he will be an important asset in the Arsenal midfield.
Describing the Gunners as “a bit more controlled and less cavalier”, the Arsenal boss concluded by saying that the players are of course delighted with the positive run but also how the objective at this stage of the season is to keep winning, and keep improving.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Wenger said:
[Showing consistency because we brought experience?] Yes, the five players we brought in just before [the closing window] are all top quality players but as well top quality men.
They have brought something to the dressing room that is vital, they brought experience as well, ambition and you could feel that straight away, after two-three days.
[Yossi Benayoun] is doing well but the season is so long that he will get his part.
I’m convinced that he will be an important player for us and his experience can make a big difference at some stage.
[If we changed in style?] I would say we are a bit more controlled and less cavalier, we are less adventurous when the job is done, I must say.
You can feel that there is some reserve there if needed. In the second half [against West Brom] we just kept it serious without going overboard.
Overall yes, I would say it is a more mature attitude. We were more functional. We did the job properly, with quality and, I must say, with seriousness.
[Our positive run?] At the moment I feel we are more focused. Saying ‘look I am right’ is less important for me than trying to continue the quality of our team and our results.
There is still room for improvement so we are focused on that. I am convinced we have been right.
But, what you want is that people who love Arsenal are happy and I think at the moment to do that we still have a job to do.