Posted on February 03, 2013 by ADMIN

Wenger – We were lucky but Arsenal deserved the win

It was by no means a pushover for Arsenal in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Stoke, mostly thanks to some brilliant goalkeeping by Asmir Begovic, but Arsene Wenger is convinced that overall Arsenal deserved the three points against a typically aggressive visitor.

Wenger insisted after the game: “They made it difficult for us, they were well organised, defended very deeply and we didn’t find the space but kept going. We were a bit lucky on the goal but overall we deserve this win. We had chances, their keeper made some saves. We played in one half in the second half especially and overall we deserved to win the game.”

There was a lot of confusion after Lukas Podolski finally got the ball in the back of the net from a freekick, but Wenger seems to think that it was fair for the ref to finally allow it to stand. “I haven’t seen it.” Wenger said.

“Honestly, from the bench I couldn’t see what had happened. I thought the linesman gave offside, or maybe one of our players handled the ball – that is all I could think of. In fact, I heard Walcott was offside but not interfering with the game, so it was a goal…”

Wenger went on to admit that Arsenal should have converted more of their chances, but he was pleased that they kept an unusual clean sheet, and especially happy with Nacho Monreal’s conribution after being thrown straight into the deep end. He concluded: “We are a team who can create chances, and score goals. Today it was not the case – we created chances but could not get the goals.

“But still I am happy that for a long time now, we didn’t concecede and the defence looked solid. The satisfaction is that Nacho Monreal had a good start for a player who just arrived yesterday and is in the team today. He did not have time to think about it, but he got stronger and stronger during the game.

“There is no better culture shock than Stoke when you come from Spain! They had a very physical game and I think he dealt well with it.”

I think that was a very solid start by the Spanish international, and it was nice not to have heart attacks every time the ball approached the left side of the goal for a change lol!

A very good three points, and Tottenham dont seem so far above us after all….

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22 thoughts on “Wenger – We were lucky but Arsenal deserved the win

  1. landi

    jovetic, capoue and top class cb would make our squad top class. If we get these players i can see us fighting for the titel next season and not for 4th place….

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  2. tissiam

    more than the 3 points its the manner in which we won that pleases me,clean sheet,we didn,t get bullied physically ,players showing desire(players surrounding the ref,players backing each other after one is fouled ….)on top of that the bench looked decent&we managed to rotate players,UP THE GUNNERS!!

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  3. Greg

    Our win was justified we dug deep and played well and was rewarded with 3 priceless points!

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  4. budgie

    Need both spuds and scousers to get battered, goal differance could be important!

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  5. neil moxon

    Quote from Wenger they were well organised, please take
    and sort our defence out.

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  6. Gunner

    We were not lucky. A hard fought well deserved win is what I’d call it ;). Wish Stoke Rugby club get relegated. They gonna be playing in the Super Bowl and Heinekin Cup soon anyways :D. Cmooonnnn youuuu Guuunnnneeerrssss.

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  7. Sank

    Just look at the squad

    defence –
    schesney mannone
    sagna jekinson
    vermalean koscielney mertesaker
    monreal gibbs

    midfield –
    arteta coquilan ramsey
    wilshere diaby rosicky

    wingers and strikers –
    walcott ox podolski gervinho giroud

    total 21 players.

    our young squad –
    frimpong miyachi campbell eisfeld gnbury miquel angha bellarin aneke afobe akpom toral olsson martinez

    currently 13 stars waiting for first team and many more emerging.

    offload –
    santos chamakh djhorou bendtner park denilson in coming summer.

    fabinski arshavin squillaci will go certainly as contract ends.


    MONREAL a great signing.

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  8. mark

    Monreal set a great marker in his first game for the gunners – he drew blood.

    That’s commitment in a challenge. Nice one son..!

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  9. james

    Wenger, their is no such thing as luck, their are many factors that lead to a team wining a game and luck is not one of them. I will not go into the list now

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  10. Uche Edochie

    Got lucky? How did we get lucky? We won a game we bossed from beginning to the end. So we scored one goal. So what? We had shots on goal but their keeper was very good. A stoke win is what would be described as lucky. We played like chamipions and kept going until we broke down a stubborn opponent.

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