So did Arsenal boss see weakness as Man City beat Man Utd?

Before Arsenal took on Southampton and all the rest of the Premier League action this weekend, Arsene Wenger was asked in his press conference, reported by, about the big match of the weekend, the Manchester derby and the clash between Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and Pep Guardiola at Man City.

Only time will tell and everyone connected with Arsenal will be hoping that both of these clubs and their new managers hit the skids at some point, but early indications are that both will be there or thereabouts when the EPL trophy is decided at the end of the season.

Obviously Arsenal will need to finish above the bog spending Manchester giants if it is to be our name on the trophy, so Wenger was hoping to see some weaknesses to exploit as they faced off at Old Trafford.

He said, “The two teams have started well so the game will have more psychological impact than a mathematical impact. You could say the team that wins will straight away be branded as the favourites to win the Premier League in May, but it is a bit early.

“But it will be interesting to watch. I am like you, I will watch that game and see a little bit what strengths and weaknesses come out of the two teams.

“I will watch the game again, yes [after our game]. Most of the time [I look out for] the turning points of the game because normally people after the game speak only about the results, but we know inside the game that there are some turning points where a guy missed the final ball, or someone was offside and if he had not been offside they would have been 1-0 up.

“[I look for] the potential of the teams as well, the organisation, the decisions of the managers during the game. All these kinds of things, you are relaxed enough to observe it.”

So what do you think the Frenchman made of it all? I certainly think there were some weak points from both sides to encourage Arsenal, such as the poor defending of United and the way that City failed to push home therir advantage and let United back into the match.

There were also some things to worry about, but what did yopu make of it from an Arsenal point of view?



  1. Arsenal_Girl says:

    We need to focus on improving our own team and focus on PSG
    I am more interested in finding weaknesses in PSG
    The only good thing is that they don’t have Ibrahimovic
    We need to start all our main guys: same as Saturday but add Xhaka, Alexis and Giroud (Keep Cech, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin, Monreal, Cazorla, Ozil and Perez)

    It will be tough. PSG will be really tough at home but its possible for us to win

    City and United weaknesses can wait until we actually play them

    1. Godswill says:

      Am not afraid of PSG. Am thinking of a win.
      As for the Manchester teams, am not scared, not with our midfield and the defence that will gel soon.
      Longing for Capital one cup to see Holding.

      1. Twig says:

        Am with you and Am with Arsenal!

    2. muda says:

      @AFC-Lady, you better make up your mind about our starting XI, it is either Perez or Giroud. I don’t want him (perez) wasted on the wing like Arshavin was, beside I think theo is doing fine right now, Oxlade is there again, and then there’s promising Alex Iwobi ( The heir of Sanchez).
      Lucas is a striker, then he should play there. If we wanted a to sign a winger it should have been Mahrez or Draxler.

    3. Wilshegz says:

      hate that you see Giroud (our main problem in attack) as a main guy.

  2. Wilshegz says:

    can we keep starting Perez n probably play him 90mins.. the less of Giroud the better if we ambitious

    1. Jansen says:

      @wilshe – I agree with you 100%, let’s integrate Perez ASAP. We will not beat the big teams with the slow Giroud, so we might as well get the likes of Ozil Sanchez and Iwobi etc used to playing with Perez and vis-a-versa.

  3. Wolcott on the ox played so no worries they both weaken the team

  4. pubgooner says:

    Sell Perez. Buy WC striker or go for Mane.

    1. Twig says:

      After one game. Very clever.

  5. pubgooner says:

    Also sell walcott and ox. useless pair. sanchez and iwobi changed the complexion of the game yesterday, once the change was made.

  6. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Wow! I didn’t realise that Wenger studies our rivals in so many different departments! ? But I’m a bit confused and embarrassed by his comments ? with Errrr, all that studying he does, he hasn’t really learnt much… has he? ?
    Like Errr.. wtf? ? I wish that Wenger would stick to Yes and No answer’s from now on.

    OT, I read that Koscielny could miss the PSG game because of an eye injury.

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Wenger’s getting on a bit now and at his age his just full of Gas…. Literally! ? ?
      When asked about the penalty decision that went in Arsenal favour, he claimed that he didn’t see it…. Again! ?
      So I doubt that Wenger would be able to spot any weaknesses from under his own nose, let alone anywhere else. ?

    2. bran99 says:

      Very true, the statement about studying the opponents? Hehehe he’s just deceiving us like he has so many times. He never change tactics as per opponents, he’s too old for that.. Always same style, the Arsenal way

      1. goona says:

        What are you people smoking,which manager does not study rivals dvds?

      2. arsenalfan1 says:

        Sounds like Arse-ne gazing up his own rear cavity again!!!

        (Perhaps we should respect the man’s privacy rather than writing articles about such activity!!!)

  7. jonm says:

    Manc were exceptional in the first half. As for “the way that City failed to push home their advantage and let United back into the match”, they scored two goals and Aguerro was not playing. What let united back in to the match was a goalkeeping error which was nothing to do with the goalie playing as a “sweeper”. The goalie failed to deal with a ball floated in to the penalty area which he could see coming all the way. Manu should also have had a penalty and Bravo sent off.

    I see a weakness and strength in manc tactic of using the goalkeeper as an outfield player. It is something which we need to address when we play them because it gives them an advantage in attacking when their goalie has the ball.

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