Arsene Wenger says all players were tired but Gunners deserved to win
Written by Jeffrey on November 28, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was very disappointed after the Gunners could only manage a draw, against Fulham on Saturday.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Frenchman explained that his players did exceptionally well after going behind as they showed fantastic spirit. But, the Arsenal boss also admitted that all players were tired after a tough mid-week fixture against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Asked if he will rotate, on Tuesday, against Manchester City, Wenger concluded by saying that he is yet to take a decision on the number of players to rest adding that rotation is however a must as some of his players need a breather.
On Saturday, the manager said:
I don’t think [a draw is a fair result], I feel we dropped two points because you can see Fulham scoring only on the counter attack.
But, I must say I must congratulate the team because once again we gave absolutely everything and the spirit was fantastic.
The legs were not fantastic and therefore our flow suffered a little bit but I was still confident that in the end we would win it had we not conceded the goal and that put us in a gambling position.
We fortunately came back to one-one but we are still of course disappointed for dropping two points,
[Having to make team selection decisions?] Yes, the problem you have in these kind of situations is that it’s difficult to predict who will be tired and who will not be tired.
In fact, today, everybody was because we put so much effort on Wednesday night and that makes it difficult.
During the game as well because it’s difficult to predict who to take off because many were on the fringe of injuries.
So we had to wait a little bit longer there but overall, what I want to keep from this game is the fantastic attitude of the players.
[Having chances to win it?] Yes, we had chances to win the game and in the end that’s why we’re disappointed.
If it’s a lucky point you saw, ‘Ok, bad day, we got a point’ but we feel, overall, that chances-wise we have done more than Fulham and therefore we should have got the three points.
[If I know how many players I will change on Tuesday?] No, I know just one thing, I will have no choice to change a few.
Hopefully I can do that, we have to check in the next 48 hours who will play, who needs a breather, there are some players on the edge tonight.