Arsenal boss spoilt for choice with squad strength

Arsene Wenger has stated that he has so much strength on his Arsenal bench, and that this helps us to remain dangerous until the final whistle in every match.

The Gunners snatched a late equaliser at Old Trafford today, after falling behind in the final 30 minutes of the match, and the levelling goal came from two of his late substitutions.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was brought on at right-back, while Olivier Giroud came on for a midfielder, which allowed Alexis to slot in behind, and the switch worked, with the Ox assisting the French striker to get the goal.

Wenger has now praised his goalscorer by declaring him as more determined than ever.

“He’s angry in a positive way,” Arsène Wenger told Arsenal Player after the game.

“I’d say he’s more determined [than angry]. I have a lot of respect, not only for his quality as a footballer, but also for the man. The best answer he can give is always to show what he did today.”

Wenger was then asked if he believed he had ever had such depth to call upon in his squad before, to which he replied:

“Never, maybe a few years ago but I think we have the quality and the spirit on the bench. The two together makes us remarkably dangerous until the last minute. Since the start of the season, look at the number of goals we’ve scored in the final five minutes. That is not a coincidence.”

Have we ever had such a strong squad of players to choose from? Should Giroud be granted an extended run in the first-team?

Pat J

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  1. otunba_007 says:

    Y’all call that lucky, but I call it fighting spirit and either we like it or not, it’s a very big point for us because Man U are no push overs as people seems to make it look like… they are one of the title contenders for crying out loud,and we got an away match point as well… I will take that point over anything and I am satisfied with the point and I know the boys can build on that… we got that massive point out of nothing in the second half… like one of the commentators said when the goal was scored ( I call that CHAMPIONS stuff ) COYG…

  2. Offa Gunner says:

    I hold a strong objections against dt… Mr Wenger shld knw dt, nt every time such tactic cld work. Le prof is adamant, he wldnt and wld never adapt to change. Read a game, make a rightful and early decision by substituting d tired/weaken leg for d fresh one on bench so dt such game cld have a new dimension. Instead he wld wait for his conventional minute (70min) of doing substitution. For me, we were jst being lucky to secured a draw against a better and more determined team yesterday ni

  3. Ramterta says:

    I have to say thank you marriner.

  4. truegunner12 says:

    Then why are we playing Ramsey as a winger in 2016?

    1. Alexis the Great says:

      I agree. Wenger spoke before the game about the defence, and putting Jenkinson in rather than moving Mustafi to the right, saying that he saw no reason to change the shape of the team that is working.

      So why replace Iwobi with Ramsey?

  5. Break-on-through says:

    I don’t think some people realise how important that point was, if utd had came right back into contention for the title, on the back of an Arsenal win, that would have been almost crippling. Instead we are unbeaten away and have better fixtures ahead of us. I honestly believe a loss yesterday would have killed our title hopes, not mathematically obviously, psychologically it would have been a huge blow. Some are now saying we should have went with a more attacking team. That is probably why we likely would have lost this in the past. Down our left side and their right was where the danger was coming from, but Ramsey done alright defensively, Iwobi or Ox I think we could easily have lost that game. Elneny similar, whenever utd midfielder wanted to play a ball to forwards, Elneny and Coq were never out of position, they simply couldn’t pass the ball through them. All of our forwards had bad games, esp Ozil and Walcott, but luckily we had the personnel for a strong defensive performance.

  6. Wilshegz says:

    Wenger can have a squad like Bayern’s n still find a way to ruin it, maybe by playing Vidal on the wing n Boateng in CM.

    and for the records we are not “spoil for choices” else we won’t shiver when Bellerin,Alexis n Cazorla injury news came.

    those 3 along with Koscielny have no real replacement.

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