Wenger thinks Arsenal beat a ‘quality team’, but really we just did the job

Arsenal did the job at Ostersund tonight although they were hardly impressive with Danny Welbeck as the main striker, but Arsene Wenger thinks that his team took the tie seriously and simply did what was needed. The Swedish side have only played friendly games since the League finished in December, and with temperatures not conducive to amazing football the Gunners just tried to say solid and take any chances they were given.

All the goals could easily be said to have come from mistakes from the Ostersund keeper Keita, but as they say, you can only beat what is put in front of you, and Wenger couldn’t be upset with a 3-0 win in freezing weather and on a very hard plastic pitch. When asked if he was happy with the performance of his makeshift side, Wenger said: “Yes, we did the job needed.

“We started well and controlled the game against a good side.

“They beat Hertha Berlin here, 2-2 against Athletic Bilbao, so a quality team.

“But once we scored the first goal we were in control.

“Overall we played a serious game, so job done. They looked very nervous and we took advantage of it.

When we were comfortably ahead, Wenger brought on Nketiah and Reiss Nelson for the last half an hour, and Wenger was pleased to give his youngsters some more experience in the hotbed atmosphere of the Jamkraft Arena in -10 degrees (lol!). “I think the young players in the team played well in group stages, so they are kept in squad and continue to try and give them minutes when I can.”

So with such a good lead and the second leg just three days before the League Cup Final against Man City, Wenger was obviously asked if would be resting most of his stars for the second leg next Thursday, and he replied: “We’ll see.

“Maybe, but we want to win the game, it is important that we put out a team that can do that.”

I think we may be able to manage that if we put out our youth team. After that performance they would probably do even better as that is about the level of our opponents….



  1. Ospina can sleep easy with a clean sheet. Meanwhile, our cech still can’t save a penalty. I still rate Ospina and he should be our number 1.

  2. “but really we just did the job.”

    I take it that if we won the league with 37 wins and one draw, you ‘d complain about the draw. “Supporter”, the clue is in the name…..idiot

  3. what can I say..in the first half Ostersund didnt pass half of the field
    75% possession for Arsenal The first 2 Arsenal goals were Ostersund mistakes
    Both average teams in an -7 temperature.
    Job done ……Ospina saved the penalty it is time …..next…

  4. We beat a team equivalent to non league side. As I said in my last article, very similar to Sutton United and Wenger thinks we beat a good side. No dinosaur Man City are a good side not Ostersunds

  5. Wenger is not an expert on “quality”
    Xhaka and Eleny are probably WC midfielders to AW.
    I’m not saying he hasn’t signed quality players. He has ie Koscielny, Alexis, Ozil, Cazorla, Kolsanic etc.
    But he has signed some pretty average and worse too.

    I think he thought he was clever signing Xhaka and Eleny but they are pretty average.
    We need more quality central midfielders
    There are plenty out there ie Jorginho, Seri, Goretzka, Keita, Carvalho, Gueye, Nainggolan, Sanches

    1. D’you think Kolosanic a world class player Innit. He can’t even get in one of the worst defences in the Premier League.

      1. Kolasinac is world class -fact. Where would you like him to play, CB? Because Monreal is on form scoring goals for fun and he’s a LB. Would you like us to play 2 LBs? Will you still be here running your mouth when we start conceding goals because of that idiocy?

  6. I’m happy we won the game but let’s be honest we were poor it was a tale of 30 minutes after that we were sloppy and looked disinterested and my god Danny Welbeck was awful and I mean awful and that worries me because he’s gonna be our main forward in this competition until April so it’s definitely gonna be a struggle, let’s hope we were given another kind draw Partizan or Plzen would do I couldn’t take the yous can’t get past the 16 jokes jokes again ? on the plus side AMN had a good game well done young man and more amazingly we saved a penalty we really need to make a DVD on that ?

  7. At least Ospina saved a penalty! Welbz was shit….we seriously can’t win the Europa league with him as our main striker! Bambi on ice!!! Jesus Christ!!!!

  8. It was a pretty average performance. I don’t think anyone was that great. We sort of just existed, and they made their own mistakes. Harder challenges to come. MUCH harder. If we play like that against Marseilles, Napoli, Atleti, Dortmund, we are OUT

  9. Bellerin having a go at AFTV. I completely agree with him, what’s good for AFTV is not what’s good for AFC. Wonder how they’ll react to that, not on camera, but inside. I stopped paying attention to those drama queens ages ago, wasn’t at all what I thought I signed up for.

  10. Wenger will take any positive he can get his hands on at the moment,The job got done,we kept a clean sheet and nobody picked up an injury.To day they are a quality team is stretching it a bit Arse don’t you think?He has to be respectful so we can only agree he said what was need to be said.Pity he didn’t pick up on our own lacklustre performance and steam into players like Welbeck for playing like he did when at last given the opportunity to lead the line.

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