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Wenger - We Were In Control

Wenger - We Were In Control

Arsene Wenger believes we were the most likely to win against Man U until they hit us with a sucker punch.

Speaking to Wenger explained that when Welbeck scored, he actually thought that Arsenal were on top and were the more likely to take the lead.

'We have seen that so many times. You have to defend every single ball well over 90 minutes. We defended well overall and it's a shame we were caught just at the moment when we were in control of the game.'

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Writer:Arsenal Site Staff
Date:Tuesday January 24 2012
Time: 6:31PM


Can't argue with this quote and i think as much as there is alot of pessimism about our players, [typically certain ones get critisized and others don't for being 100% focused] vermaelen's rustyness at the back cost us the first goal, replays show him ball watching..and van persie's glaring miss trying to overhit the shot. those two moments changed the game for arsenal and showed how our most revered players are susceptable to brainfarts as much as say..walcott. I think this game could have easily had a different outcome and so things would definately feel alot rosier than they do.IMHO. given we get some key men back [arteta for one] we will definately have a stronger run in.
25/01/2012 05:05:00
Wyn Mills
25/01/2012 07:03:00
fuzzbag, rvp did missed one but he made amend the second time. it was not even a half chance. with his back facing the goal, he turned and poked the ball that through evra's leg and squeezed through the tightest space between the keeper's palm and the far post. rvp was so isolated throughout the game. and no wenger, we could have been 2 or 3 down before the half time. there is a gulf of quality between us and the weakest mu we seen for years. something for you to chew on
25/01/2012 08:28:00
Is he on earth through the week or what? does he travel to some odd dimension where Arsenal are clear top and playing the type of football Barca dream of? I'm all for people sticking together but come on. It was the same when Spurs beat Arsenal 5-1 in the two bob cup, he said you were the better team. You've gone backwards, of that there is no doubt, whereas most around you have moved forward. The man needs to bite the bullett and change his ways (slightly).
25/01/2012 11:42:00
Was not TV at fault for both goals? I think a RW is a LBs job. I remember playing for a new team and my LB was shouting at me (at LW) to cover their winger. That's not my job, that's his. The better defender (LB) takes the better attacker (RW) - remember CR vs A Cole? When you let your attacking player AA try to defend against a good winger there will only be one winner. Can you imagine Pires trying to cover Ronaldo???? AA did the right thing and decent basic defending, to show Valencia onto his left. But he was out of his depth to cover a good quick passing move.
No 10
25/01/2012 12:08:00
I agree that we are too quick to judge those we earmark for poorness and should really be more objective in our criticisms. I went into this match not expecting anything. Had we lost 1-0 I don't think anyone would be shocked. But the fact that we put in a pretty decent (although scrappy from both teams) performance I felt the score at half time was unjust. We played some decent football in the second half and I think we're good value for our goal. Does anyone think that the crowd reaction to the substitution had negative effect on AA? I know he has been poor recently, but had he been given a rousing cheer and constant support do you think he might, just might, have put in a challenge on Valencia? We have all seen him pull out a couple of great tackles in the past.
No 10
25/01/2012 12:20:00
Can I also draw attention to the difference in Blackburn, with the same team, the same manager and the same tactics. Their upturn in performances and results coincided directly with an agreement to stop the negativity during matches. OK it didn't stop 100% but it did reduce and has continued to do so. I do believe that you as a fan have the right to express yourself but you have to know that there are implications and consequences to doing so. Why do teams play better at home? because of the 'support'. Last season our home form dropped at a time when it was the home support that housed the boo boys. Our results got better after the 8-2 because most fans agreed that the team was in trouble and the best thing to do was get behind the team and see where we end the season. We did get better but have we forgotten that this is the same team in trouble that needs, and will do better, with our support at matches? I don't mind fans saying it's their right to sing what they want but they need to know that they are a cause as well as an effect of what happens on the pitch.
No 10
25/01/2012 12:36:00
I think that's exactly what Henry was saying when he offended some fans the other week, wasn't it, No 10.
25/01/2012 13:36:00
Maybe DT
No 10
25/01/2012 14:08:00
In my view Henry wasn't offended because fans weren't getting behind the team, it was that he was struggling to come to terms with the fact that only a few days ago he was feted from the rafters by 55,000 ecstatic relieved worshippers at the church of Tel, (had he dropped his drawers that night we'd have broken the world gang bang record) and now he's in some backwater pit in Wales being shouted at by a handful of fat sweaty blokes livid at travelling hundreds of miles only to watch that capitulating drivel. His ego just ain't used to that kind of reaction and it's light years away from gooooooooooooo red bulls whoooooooo!!
25/01/2012 14:23:00
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