Wenger: The only players who did well against Man United
Arsene Wenger has given his reaction to the late drama which saw his side secure a seemingly undeserved point at Manchester United.
Arsenal recorded their second successive draw in the Premier League on Saturday as their long unbeaten run came very close to being brought to an end at old Trafford.
Despite being expected to take the game to a struggling Manchester United side, a below-par display from the Gunners meant a late equalizer from substitute Olivier Giroud was required to avoid defeat.
That goal from the France international was a rare highlight for Arsenal on a dull day and Wenger has admitted all of his substitutes – which included Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who set up the goal – were responsible for helping spare the away side’s blushes.
“The players who came on made a massive difference today. When you are 1-0 down and come back to 1-1 of course you have to feel happy.” Wenger said in his post-match interview
“We lacked a bit of sharpness today, what is it down to I don’t know but at least we came back.”
“I wondered during the game about that [a mental block]. Honestly you never know. Last year we would have maybe lost this game and today we didn’t so we have improved on that front. Hopefully now we can kick on with some wins.”
“The result in the end is positive for us because we were 1-0 down with two minutes to go. For the rest it was a bit of a scrappy game with two teams well organised who defended well.
“Our passing was not quick enough, our penetration was not there and in the end we looked like we had good possession of the ball but not many chances. In the second half we suffered for the first 20 minutes and they deserved to be in front.”