Wenger explains lack of substitutions


Arsene Wenger has revealed he chose not to make any changes during the 0-0 draw with Chelsea because he didn’t want to disrupt the defensive side of his team’s performance.

The visitors never really troubled us in the second half and, after seeing his team lose at home to Dortmund in the Champions League trying to win a game they could easily have drawn, it seems the Arsenal boss learned the lesson of that.

Asked why he didn’t make any subs, he said, “Because I had plenty of offensive players on the pitch and we were in the need to attack.

“I had Walcott, I had Ramsey, I had Ozil, I had Giroud, I had Rosicky, and because we didn’t play for nine days none of them looked really jaded.

“That’s why … I felt we had the balance defensively and we had four or five offensive players on the pitch, let’s continue to do that. And we had the chances, of course. When you don’t score you don’t score.”

The boss was also keen to look at the positives after a run of results which has seen us take 2 points from the last 9.

“Look, it doesn’t help. But let’s be serious. If after the first game against Aston Villa I would have told you that at Christmas we would be top of the league, you would have said you are absolutely mad, so let’s not go completely overboard as well.

“We are where we are, we have gone through the last three games, which were a bit more difficult.

“We still have played Everton, we have played Man City and we have played Chelsea. It’s tight as you say. But it’s down to consistency.

“We go through a patch that is a bit more difficult, I agree with you, but part of a successful season is how well you deal with that.

“I must say the spirit of the players is unbelievably focused, we have a great desire. We go through a period where it’s a bit more difficult but with that spirit we’ll come out of that.”

In the disappointment it’s easy to forget we have more points than anyone apart from Liverpool.

Get back to winning ways against West Ham, and over the rest of the Christmas period, and things will start looking up again.

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