Wenger – The equaliser ruined the game for Arsenal

Arsenal went flying into a 1-0 lead after just 2 minutes of yesterday’s game against Man United but a moment of madness from Bacary Sagna gave Robin Van Persie the chance to peg us back and set up a nervous second half.

Arsene Wenger thinks that the penalty ruined the flow of Arsenal’s game. He said: “It was a quality game with a lot of intensity. I believe we were on top in the first half and it was disappointing to concede the equaliser the way we did. Why? Because it put us in a position in the second half where we had to completely open ourselves up and throw everything forward, and sometimes we did that more with energy than technique.

“We opened ourselves up for the counter-attacks where we could have lost the game. I feel that equaliser played a big part in this game because it put us in a difficult position. Overall I can only praise the players for the effort, the dynamic and the desire we put in. Let’s keep it going like that and we will have a chance to be where we want to be.

“If we win our other games it will be enough. I am convinced we will be there but there is no room for dropping points. But the other teams are in the same position.”

Although Wenger was unhappy with the equaliser, he also revealed that Sagna was also very sorry for the error that led to it. Wenger said: “He is very disappointed tonight, he is a boy who gives absolutely everything in every game. I think he made a bad pass, that can happen, and maybe after he panicked a little bit and maybe wanted to repair too quickly what he did, but he had time to tackle. He has saved us so many times that unfortunately it happened today.”

Many pundits are convinced that Sagna will be leaving the club this summer as he enters the final year of his contract, perhaps this is affecting the quality of his game? We could maybe look at this as two points dropped, but with Tottenham drawing as well then Wenger knows what Arsenal have to do to ensure a Top Four place. “We have no room for dropping points. We are in a position where we cannot drop points, we know that.”

Well that’s the hard game over with, now we have to deal with an already relegated QPR side. Get all three points there and we are one step closer to the “Wenger Cup”!

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27 thoughts on “Wenger – The equaliser ruined the game for Arsenal

  1. Arunavameister

    C’mon guys cut Sagna some slack…yes he is no where near the player we know him to be at the moment,but to suggest that his heart is not here any more is rather disrespectful…he tries really hard on the pitch…things just aren’t working for him…Jenks should replace him at the moment though…

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  2. haywill

    sagna is a real gunner. how many clubs has he rejected just to stay with trophy-less arsenal? respect

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  3. KickuPtheArsene

    Type should read “Sagna ruined the game for Arsenal”. Why we don’t play Jenkinson instead of him, I do not know. Whether Sagna is purposefully playing badly, or his head just isn’t in the game, or he is simply going through a spell, Wenger needs to replace him. He has been out of form for a few matches. Wenger has a habit of not reading the difference between when a player is out of form, and when the have simply had a bad match. And by the time Wenger adjusts the team, said player has had several bad matches that have affected how we play (this season – Vermalen, Ramsey, and Gervinho have all had bad spells). I get that Wenger doesn’t want negatively affect an out of form players confidence, but if it’s losing us matches ….

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  4. Jon

    thumb me down all you want bulooked so rusty yesterday toot man utd playing at their best would have beaten us comfortably just like the last few meetings.

    podolski looked rusty like he’d been injured for months yesterday – what’s going on with our attackers?

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  5. Sukaarsenal

    Very very very dispointed with fans who booing rvp…they are all idiot.

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  6. NIKK

    Stubborn Frenchman is his own biggest enemy and an expert on hindsight analysis.

    Why doesn’t he listen to his logical side of his head sometimes and foresee some of the problems before the start of the season or the match?

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  7. true goon

    Sagna seems to be useless going forward,he never gets a good cross in an he doesn’t seem to be at races defensively,yesterday he seemed to be the wrong side of his man every time.I appreciate that he’s a real gooner but this is competitive sport at the highest level,you can’t be playing people on sentiment must be merit,an he’s not been at the races for a while.

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  8. tony

    Right I know his improved so much since then but can anyone here remember who was at rb when we lost 8-2 last season? Yep that’s right jenks so I think anyone saying sagna should of been replaced should remember that now as I said jenks has improved mega amounts but he still has a habit off wondering off from time to time. Does anyone know what’s new on the transfer front as I just read in the sun were after seville’s kondogdia

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  9. s is the name

    off topic:but i have something at the back of the neck thats telling me lewandowski may be comin to arsenal.its not realistic but lewandowski’s destination is mysteriously kept hiden.

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  10. juhislihis

    QPR – already ripe for relegation. Should be easy.

    Wigan – hardest one but at home so expect a win.

    Newcastle – crisis team. Goal diff for last 3 home games -12. Should win with ease.

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  11. Uche Edochie

    We tried in that game because we are not better than man u. So a draw is a fair result. Yes we could have won it, but so could they because they had good chances too. So let us not make this all about sagna. He is a solid defender and there is always someone to blame when a goal is conceded. Man u’s defense wasn’t bullet proof either otherwise rosicky would not have cut them open for walcot’s goal. We are doing okay considering that this is our toughest game yet. Our opponents will drop points. I dont see chelsea taking nine points from man u, totenham and everton. Southampton and sunderland are also very capable of pulling a major upset against totenham and of course totenham still has to play chelsea. It will go down to the wire for sure but that is what we deserve because we have really not been any different from chelsea, spurs and everton. We are all on the same level.

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  12. Previgo

    I’M GONA A LITTLE BIT OFF TOPIC HERE… I WANA COMPARE D 1ST TEAM PLAYERS OF BOTH ARSENAL AN MAN UTD… DEGEA/SZCZNEY.. OK LETS SAY DEGEA IS BETA, WE GO TO D RIGHT BACK SPOT, NOW TELL ME, IS RAPHEAL BETA DAN JENKINSON OR?? WE GO OVER TO D LEFT BACK.. BETWEEN EVRA AND GIBBS OR MONREAL, WU IS A BETA OPTION?? @ CB.. KOSCIELNY IS FAR BETA DAN FEDINAND, MATERSACKER ALSO BETA DAN EVANS OR SMALLING, @DM.. BETWEEN ALL DIS PLAYERS.. RAMSEY,CARRICK,CLEVERLY,ARTETA..MAKE UR CHOICE, WE MOVE TO D CAM.. WE’V GOT CARZOLA,JACK,ROSICKY,..DEY’V GOT KAGAWA AND MAYB ROONEY, MAKE UR CHOICE, WE GO TO D RIGHT WING, WE HAVE THEO,OXLADE,GERVINHO DEY HAVE VALENCIA,YOUNG, MAKE UR CHOICE.. WE GO OVER TO D LEFT WING.. WE HAVE PODOLSKI, MAYB CARZOLA(EVEN IF I THINK DATS NOT HEZ BEST POSITION) EVEN OXLADE CAN PLAY ON D LEFT.. DEY HAVE NANI,WELLBECK.. MAKE UR CHOICE.. NOW D CF POSITION IS WER I THINK DEY ARE BETA DAN US.. DEY HAVE JUDAS,HERNANDEZ,ROONEY,WELLBECK, WE HAVE. ONLY GIROUD, MAYB WALCOTT TOO. U WANA KNW MA POINT?? MA POINT IS..MANY OF US..EVEN D UNITED FANS WHO KNOWS WAT FOOTBALL IS ALL ABOUT..WUD GO WITH SMTN LIK DIS……
    ………………………DEGEA………………………….
    JENK………KOS………….PER…………GIBBS..
    …………….ARTETA…CARRICK……………..
    THOE…………CARZOLA……………POLDI..
    ………………….JUDAS………………………….
    BUT WUD DEFINATELY GO FOR SIR ALEX AS D COACH, I DISLIKE SIR..BUT I THINK HE HAS SMTN DAT NO ODA COACH APART FROM MOURINHO HAS… D GIFT OF GETING OUT WAT EVER TALENT UR PLAYER HAS IN A CONSISTENT MANNER..DEY ALSO POSSESS INFACT OUR GREATEST WEAKNESS..(fighting spirit) ALSO D WINNING MENTALITY. U KUD SEE DAT COMPARING BOTH SIDES PLAYERS INDIVIDUALY, WE ARE FAR BETA DAN UNITED..BUT DEY KEEP EDGING US OUT.. WENGER HAS TO DEVELOPE SUCH MENTALITIES.. AND DEN PASS IT ON TO OUR PLAYERS.. BELIEVE ME, IF ALEX FERGUSON HAD OUR SQUAD, HE WUD AV WENT ON TO WIN D UCL DIS SEASON.. DTA ASIDE.. WE NEED A LEATHER STRIKER BCUS DATS S ONLY AREA I THINK WE CANT COMPETE WIT DEM.. BUT WE STILL NEED OTHER SOLID SIGNINGS..NOT ONLY A STRIKER… I KNOW MANY WUD SAY..LETS NOT FORGET D REFF FACTOR..YEA I KNOW.. ONLY REFFZ HAVE SINGLE HANDEDLY WON UNITED NOT LESS DAN 18POINTS.. DEY MYT SAY THOE WAS OFFSIDE, YEA HE WAS HALF A YARD OFF..BUT JUDAS VS WESTHAM, JUDAS WAS ALMOST 2YARDS OFF.. DATS UNITED FOR U.. BUT I BELIEVE WE ARE UP TO DEM, IF NOT BETA.. WENGER JUST NEEDS TO HARBOUR DAT WINNING MENTALITY IN HIM

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  13. toumazis

    well done we play better than manu , if we play like we have done we get there,at last ever since we play bayern they all know we are very good, with rosisky in the side we play quick and scared the opponents,keep it up lads.

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  14. Tristan

    Sagna switched off yesterday.
    Theo didn’t threat although he was lucky to score.
    Poldi has speed, clinical shots, but movement and strength as a lone striker.
    Giroud is still the best option as CF at the moment. and this is his first season. He will perform like Kos next year.

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  15. papercutz

    If any of you even suggest to sell sagna you guys are tossers would rather jenk replace him! Sagna has some valuable experience and I would like him to stay and help out the youngsters! NO SELLING of 1st team players!

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  16. MVella

    Yes, Sagna didn’t have a sterling game, but wow, I can’t believe how quick everyone is ready to sign him away. Isn’t it baffling how you can talk about tradition, respect, and doing things the Arsenal way in one breath, and then clamour for selling a player that had one bad game in the next?

    I’m not being nostalgic here, I think you need to have a touch of ruthlessness in professional sport or else you’ll get nowhere, but an player’s evaluation should not be based on just one game in a season.

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  17. Vlad

    Very unfortunate for Sagna to make that mistake, but the whole game was an eye opener to me. First of all, where are all the Giroud haters, and people who were screaming for Poldi to play as a forward? I’ve been saying this for a while now, Giroud is one tough son of a gun, who’s won a lot of games for us. 17 goals and 13 assists is nothing to sneeze at, especially in your first season with a new club, and a new league. We missed Giroud terribly yesterday, and I’m convinced that had he played, we would’ve won the game. As for Poldi – I like him, but he’s not a striker. He’s got a good finishing touch, but lacks other qualities, and is much better when played on the left side. Cazorla is completely wasted when he’s not played in the middle. And as for Jack – he’s lost it. Rosicky should’ve been left in the game. Going back to Sagna conversation – perhaps a game or two on the bench will do him some good – we’ve got Jenks, who I think can help us win the remaining games.

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  18. Gunnerscott

    Sagnas tackle in the box on Jones saved a goal and was brilliant, he had 15 seconds of bad game, i have seen Puyols screw up and the Barca fans never piss on him, Sagna is a warrior, one of us, if you rewatch his match yesterday, you see he was very active, played quite well, can we please move on! The player has gone through SEVERE injuries wearing our crest, tying man utd is not ruining our season, loosing to norwich is far worse, btw,

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  19. davo

    WTF comment was that from Wenger!? “the equaliser ruined the game for us!!! is he in dreamland? we were just not good enough! and that is the truth…this is a regular speech from the boss, and its all too boring…wake up Arsene and smell the roses, we need some quality in our side…fingers crossed for Europa at least!, and lets see if we can win that cup…

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