Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to his side’s performance after their 1-0 win ensured that $amir Na$ri would remain as free from medals as he is of a chin.
Mikel Arteta’s late goal sealed the deal for the Gunners, but Arsene always felt we were most likely to score and that after some close calls, including hitting the post three times, the goal would come.
Speaking at his post-game press conference, he said, “We had a consistent domination in the game. I think we had over 60 per cent possession. They had one or two good periods, Man City, but overall after 10 minutes in the second half it was all us.
“I always felt the goal would come but it was very tight and in the end you feel it is important not to lose. But we kept going and at home recently we have produced some outstanding performances against any team. I am very happy that we got the win and the team continues to grow in quality.
“We started strongly and stayed strong for nearly 80 minutes. I feel we had a little weaker period at the start of the second half where Man City came out a bit. But overall we had a consistent domination, we won the duels, and overall I believe the result is logical.”
It might have been an easier day for Arsenal if Mario Balotelli had been sent off for his assault on Alex Song’s knee but Wenger refused to be drawn into a discussion about what Roberto Mancini should do about the madcap Italian.
“I don’t know him and it’s not my job to do that,” he said. “I don’t want to interfere with Mancini’s job. Everybody has his cases in his own camp and I have enough work.”
And when asked about $amir Na$ri, Wenger laughed and said, “Who?”*
*not really but I choose to think he did