Arsene Wenger has been busy this summer strengthening the Arsenal squad, and judging by hisreaction after the Man City game he is more than happy with his business so far. “I must say a special congratulations to our two defenders Debuchy and Chambers,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com.
“Chambers was outstanding. He played with a maturity and intelligence that I was really impressed with. Alexis [Sanchez] looked very exciting, very lively but not completely ready yet. He will be very exciting.
“It was a very good game,” Wenger added. “I think we started very well, we had a great first half with a lot of variation in our attacking and a lot of togetherness in our defending.”
“We could not sustain it completely for 90 minutes, but in the second half when we lost a bit of legs we kept the togetherness and the desire to fight.”
Considering Alexis is not fit, he still covered a lot of ground and made himself busy. I can’t wait to see him in full flight!
Wenger was at pains to stress that the whole team is still not fully fit, but he still has another week to prepare for the first League game. Even so, Arsenal will take heart from our second trophy in two months. “Of course [I take confidence].” he continued. “It’s a trophy. People remind you that you lost a trophy when you lose it and when you win it, it’s only the Community Shield. It was an important game in our minds and it can only boost the confidence and the belief of the team.
“Now we have a difficult game with Crystal Palace, it’s a London derby, they finished the season well last year so on our side it’s an important game. Ideally, I would have loved a bit more time to prepare after the World Cup but we did the best we could and let’s hope it will be enough.”
After losing last season’s opener against Aston Villa, Wenger will be keen to avoid another banana skin. At least this time aroundwe already have one competitive win under our belts….