Arsene Wenger on Gary Speed, the return of Samir Nasri and AOC
Written by Jeffrey on November 29, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the fans should respect back-to-the-Emirates players as the Gunners face Manchester City, this evening.
Speaking to Arsenal Player on Monday, the Frenchman declared that former players should be respected adding that the fans should focus on supporting their own players rather than having a go at the opposition with the manager explaining that the Carling Cup is usually a competition where fans enjoy themselves and how the atmosphere should therefore not be ruined.
On Gary Speed, the Arsenal boss confessed that the news came as a shock as the Welshman was an excellent football player, a very good manager and also a great man.
And on young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wenger concluded by saying that the Englishman is quality, reason why he was signed by the Gunners, adding that the 18-year old is developing well, is very positive and works hard in training.
Ahead of tonight’s game, the manager said:
You want to respect our players who have played for us. That’s what we expect.
It’s always more important to support our players rather than be negative against the players of Man City.
What is important is that we are united to win the game. Also, in the Carling Cup we have different people who are very young.
It’s an occasion where we make the prices very cheap for young people and you feel there is happiness to be there on the night. Hopefully we can keep them happy.
[Gary Speed's death] was a shock of course. I did not know him very well as a person but you did not like to see him on the team against you.
You knew he was a great player – very good in the air, fantastic work-rate and very intelligent on the football pitch.
As a manager he had started to turn things around for Wales. We know they have a young promising team and he was the ideal figure to go with this side from improvement to improvement.
It is extremely sad. I am speechless when confronted by things like this. All we can do is express our condolences to his friends and his family.
Overall, Alex has the quality and I can only show that I believe in that in buying him.
Secondly I can show that by playing him – but also by working with him on the training pitch. Alex is developing very well. He is very positive and he works very hard.