It was great to see Arsenal scoring freely again in our scintillating 5-1 at West Ham United, but good old Arsene Wenger regrets that we didn’t score more of our chances in the first half! Wenger said when he was asked if he thought the second half was impressive. “You can say that, but we had a strong team performance for 90 minutes with very few weaker periods.” Le Prof said.
“There is only one regret: that we didn’t take our chances in the first half. We were a bit short with 1-0 up at half-time and we know how it plays on the mind. Then you think you could pay for that, but we maintained the pressure on West Ham and overall we finished in a very strong way. We were always dangerous, when we lost the ball in their final third we won it quickly back. When we were on the breaks, we looked always pacy to make the difference. Maybe as well we were patient enough when we had the domination to keep the ball well and it was a strong team performance today.”
Last year Arsenal surrendered a 2-0 lead to practically throw away our last chance of keeping up with Leicester at the top of the table, and Wenger was asked what he thought was the difference this time arounf. “I felt overall, on our side, we had a stronger defensive performance today and to be completely objective I must say as well that West Ham have less confidence at the moment that they had last year at the same period.
“They have, at the moment, two handicaps. They are playing in a new ground. We have gone through that, it’s not completely comfortable, especially if it’s added with a lack of confidence. Today as well, I think they missed some important players in their squad.”
We certainly have a much better defence than last year with Mustafi alongside Koscielny and it is obvious that the Hammers are having trouble adjusting to their new ground, but we can only beat what is put in front of us and we dealt with them decisively.
So we move up to second place within one game of Chelsea at the top, and no matter what the pundits say,on that performance we are definitely in with a shout at the title!
Onwards and Upwards!!!