Arsenal have been playing many games recently, as John Ibrahim keeps telling us, it was their 5th match in 19 days, but for a change we have won the last two despite the tired legs. But Wenger was still happy with his players performances nonetheless. “I thought we had a very good first half. I regret that we couldn’t take our chances and after that, in the second half, we suffered a bit because Watford put us under pressure. But we dealt well with the set-pieces. After that we stuck together and could take advantage of the weak moments they had defensively. In the end it was a convincing win….”
“…. It was an open game, basically. In Milan we moved the ball very quick and today we did again, but today we lost our legs a bit in the second half. A few bad passes came in then, when we lacked a little bit of freshness in the second half.”
We may have lacked a bit of freshness, but at least we showed some cojones again! We now have to play Milan again on Thursday, and it would appear that Wenger is now making sure he will have his best players available to guarantee we get to the next round of the Europa League. The Boss said: “I made six changes. I wanted to preserve some players, like Koscielny, who has a little calf problem. With Ramsey I was cautious. Wilshere had given a lot on Thursday night, we had a very physical game on Thursday night. But I wanted absolutely to win this game and it was difficult, but overall, it gets us a little bit out of that negative spiral that we were in.
So does he think we are back on track? “Yes.” he said. “We need some more games. We had a nightmare week, so overall we still have some work to do. But we are on a good way.”
If we can get any result against Milan, then I think a bigger test of our cojones will be when we travel to leicester next Sunday. We desperately need to start getting some points away from home in the League…