The Arsenal team that Arsene Wenger picked for the match at Anfield yesterday were absolutely awful in the first half and were extremely lucky to be only 2 goals down at the break, but although some players have complained that they just weren’t ready, Wenger believes that the slow start was because they didn’t play a game last week, and suffered from “a lack of competition”.
He said: “My regret is to have lost the game and especially in the first half, for the first goal we conceded from a direct kick from their goalkeeper. The fact that we lacked pace in our first half was down to, in my opinion, the fact that we had a lack of competition.”
But the Boss also believes that we were unlucky not to get a draw in the end as we were the better team in the second half, once we got some “competition” back, but I think he believes that the ref should have sent Emre Can off. “I felt in the first half we suffered from a lack of rhythm and competition, which I thought would happen. But it was a game of two halves. In the second half we responded very well and could have come back to 2-2. I felt we were a bit unlucky and a bit unlucky with some decisions as well. So overall, that’s what the game was today.”
Le Prof was then asked to expand on the referee question, so I’ll just copy the exchange directly here…..
on whether Emre Can should have been sent off…
You watch the situation and you give me your opinion. Or you ask the referee – that’s even better. You go directly to see him.
on whether he has been to see the referee…
on whether he would like an explanation from the referee…
No, no, no. I don’t need explanations. The situations are the situations. Explanations will not change anything in the situation.
So, to summarise…. Arsenal were rubbish in the first half because the players had a week off. We were the better team in the second half and should have got a draw at least, but the referee was rubbish!
That sounds just like every after game interview with Wenger for the last month or two!