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”!