Arsene Wenger: What I told the players after the Manchester City game
Written by Jeffrey on December 1, 2011 4:45
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was very proud of his players after last Tuesday’s Carling Cup exit but frustrated for losing the game the way they did.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Frenchman explained that at full time he told his players that the way they conceded was “naive” adding that they will hopefully learn from the mistake as they deserved to win the game and reach the semi-final of the competition.
Asked about the brilliant performance of some of the young players, Wenger concluded by praising midfielders Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin and also Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, one who didn’t feature much this season but never failed to disappoint expectations.
After the defeat, the manager said:
[Proud of the players?] I am, they produced a fantastic effort, we lacked a little bit maturity in the final third to make the difference but overall we did well.
It’s frustrating to lose a game like that because it’s a corner for you and then it’s a goal for them, you say OK if it’s a good goal but like that it’s very disappointing.
[What I just told the players?] I told them it was naive to concede a goal from a corner of your own.
That’s just a learning process and I feel sorry we lost a game like that which we shouldn’t have.
We dominated and in the second half I think we were on top. Even going to extra time I feel we would have won the game.
[Some new young players for fans to look forward to?] Well, you have discovered, this season, Coquelin, Frimpong you knew already and certainly Chamberlain and in patches Ozyakup who didn’t play tonight.
But overall, Miquel, you knew already, but I think the player our fans didn’t know was Chamberlain.