Wenger on the City defeat, the winning goal and Chamakh’s late chance
Written by Jeffrey on November 30, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was visibly disappointed after the Gunners crashed out of the Carling Cup, on Tuesday night.
Speaking after the game, the Frenchman explained that the result was unfair as the Gunners should have done better when they conceded Sergio Aguero’s 83rd minute goal with the manager adding that his players were not rewarded after fighting extremely hard to get the win and a semi-final spot.
Asked about Marouane Chamakh’s late chance, the Arsenal boss explained that the Moroccan was very close to making contact with the ball and that his reaction was down to the fact that it was a golden opportunity to take the game to extra time.
After the 0-1 defeat, Wenger said:
[The winning goal?] It was an unfair result but I felt we were a bit naive because it was a corner for us and a goal for them.
I knew that we were in trouble and I feel we didn’t take enough time to take the corner because Djourou was just going up front and he had to stay at the back on the corner.
We didn’t leave him enough time to come back and that’s where we were caught.
I felt as well that we didn’t take the corners very well but overall what is frustrating that we lost a game at the moment that we looked the winner.
It is frustrating because we put a lot of effort in and we were not rewarded. On the other hand I feel that considering the youth of our midfield we have battled really well and have shown some fantastic quality.
[If Manchester City were fortunate?] I felt we made it easy for them. They had a clear-cut chance and you couldn’t see them missing.
They played very well but I felt we were a bit naive because we could stop that at the start of that move. You cannot let them get on a run like that.
Overall, I felt that we were naive and you can call that bad luck. But I don’t believe in luck.
I believe we had to stop the counter-attack and you know when you are on a corner, that is your job when you are a defender. You have to stop that.
[Chamakh's late chance?] He wasn’t far away from the ball. I did not react at Chamakh, it was more frustration that we did not score and come back.
I felt as well that Squillaci was behind him – if someone else goes in behind him it was a tap-in at the far post.