Arsene Wenger sportingly labelled the penalty that allowed Galatasaray to equalise at the Emirates as ‘soft’, blamed exhaustion for his side’s late collapse against the Turks and confirmed he was happy with new boy Yaya Sanogo’s debut.
Speaking after a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Turkish champions the boss admitted that his side struggled to cope with
cheating c**t Didier Drogba as the former Chelsea man came off the bench to score an inevitable brace, the first of which came from the spot after a very typical tumble in the box.
“Drogba did well when he came on,” the boss told the post-game press conference.
“He still has the resources, you could see that yesterday as well. He has kept that physical strength and his intelligent game and he finished well.
“I must say we were exhausted in the end, especially Mertesacker who played the two full games and was just back from Asia.
“He [Drogba] took advantage of it. Honestly the penalty was very, very, very, very, very, very soft! It was classic Drogba.”
In more positive news, Yaya Sanogo, who’d no doubt love to emulate Drogba’s influence on English football, looked lively despite missing a couple of chances to open his Arsenal account. Reflecting on the 20-year-old’s 60 minutes on the pitch the boss, who yesterday marked his compatriot out for big things, said:
“Yes [I was pleased with him]. Considering he just came back from holiday and only had three or four days of practice, what he did is encouraging.”
On the subject of transfers Wenger confirmed that Roma and Crystal Palace would be taking Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh off our hands respectively, dismissed suggestions Cesc Fabregas would leave Barcelona this summer and again underlined that while he’s definitely trying to do business he’s happy with the way his squad is shaping up ahead of a vital Champions League qualifier.
“Let’s count first on what is here, and if we can add something then we will do. It’s very difficult to predict that that will all be sorted out before we play in the Champions League qualifier.
“I think we have enough quality to achieve it with the players we have at the moment, if we can bring more in before that it is even better.”
And on the importance of that double-header in Europe he added:
“It’s difficult, it’s a stressful situation, but we did fight very hard to be in that situation and now it’s time to take advantage of the fact we finished fourth and we have an opportunity to qualify. Of course it’s always a very tricky period but we have the experience, we have done it before.”
All straight down the line from Wenger following a frustrating afternoon at the office. His side had periods of decent possession but for the most part they looked like they were running through treacle. The Ox in particular had a bit of a mare.
We could sit here with our heads in our hands but it’s been obvious since about 2005 that we could do with some reinforcements. It was nice of Drogba to remind us. Again. The prick.14,512 views