Wenger: We looked like a real team


Arsene Wenger had a great view of Arsenal’s dismantling of Southampton, watching as he did from high up in the stands at St. Mary’s.

What he witnessed pleased him a great deal as the Gunners stayed tight at the back to keep a clean sheet and played slick football in the final third to bag themselves five goals.

“It was a tremendous team performance,” Wenger told Arsenal Player after the game.

“For example we won 5-0 but our goalkeeper was very good and from number one to 11, I would say everybody had a good performance.

“We looked as well like a real team, it was compact, well-organised, explosive on the transitions and overall of course I am pleased for Danny Welbeck who is not at the club [for a long time] and for Walcott that they scored the goals. Overall we behaved like a real, compact, united team.”

In his post-game press conference, he reiterated how impressed he was by the collective effort:

“It was pleasant to watch because we had individual strong performances and collectively as well.

“I liked the fact that we didn’t lose our concentration. It didn’t become easy when it was 3-0, we kept playing the way we want to play.

“It was pleasant to watch and it was a good opportunity to see players who have come back, like Welbeck, be so convincing.”


    • After the ‘alternative facts’ we have been seeing recently in the USA, it is good to see Arsenal’s alternative team being a real team.

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  1. Pace up top and pace in the middle of the park…Its not that hard. I love Giroud its not his fault he has different strengths..Wenger needs to know which type of games to start which type of strikers.

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  2. Niles and Chambo in the midfield did great, but in fairness, they weren’t really tested or under any kind of pressure. Very good win and would really like to see all the younger players another go. Very happy to see Welbz, Lucas and Theo back on the pitch!

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  3. Comment:
    That Soton team was not their full-strength team, was it? Anyway, we didn’t have our own full-strength squad too yet we won so convibcingly. More of that Gunners, Cruise on; go and crush the Standford bridge. Go and shut them up!

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    • but there is a gulf in quality between southamptons reserve team and arsenals reserve team. the reserve players we played like welbeck , perez gibbs holding have the quality to play in most of the current premier league teams .neverthless the boys did well. hoping we crush chelsea next week

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    • They had kids/reserve team players. We had first team players. As much as I love us winning in a comfortable way, God knows that’s a rarity, this was nothing more than a practice game against a very, very inexperienced side. It was a good run out for the players that needed game time but nothing more. There was no competition, non whatsoever.

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      • Walcott was coming off an injury, and Welbeck hadn’t played for what, nine months, having had surgery? Perez hasn’t had a lot of game time. You’re right, those players are all first class, but it was heartening to see them slot right in and play well together and in front of a most unlikely midfield combo. It was more than a practice. When Rob Holding handles Shane Long as well as he did, it says something about squad depth and the team’s future. We were fortunate to catch Southampton days after the EFL semi, but the guys out there made those chances and took them. It was priceless experience for players important to Arsenal in the next decade.

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      • Our team was without: Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Coquelin, Özil, Giroud, Cech. And Alexis and Iwobi didn’t start. How do you call that our first team?

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  4. Very good performance but arsenal were little lucky as they faced the Southampton team who has fielded 2nd team after winning away at Liverpool.but however arsenal performed well they also fielded second team but arsenal has the bigger squad with quality player and they has been able to show their advantage.Their starting 11 was the mixture of expirence and enthusiastic young players.It includes many pacey players like gibbs,bellerin,ainsley,Jeff,Walcott,welbeck,ox these players really thrashed Southampton.

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  5. Some clowns as per usual on the internet believe their own myth that Bould was a factor.

    Wenger won the match before the ball was kicked.

    He played mind games with Ben Stiller convincing Zoolander that he had the really really best looking and most talented young squad in the land.

    Promptly Soton made 10 changes which did not quite match up to Wenger’s youth project pound for pound.

    Lest some may forget it was Wenger who has been instrumental in promoting the likes of Maitland Niles, Reine Adelaide to the first team.

    It was Wenger who promoted Bellerin and Iwobi not the fans.

    It was Wenger who spent 2m quid on Holding instead of 47m on Stones as recommended by the media.

    And lest they don’t understand, there is this magical thing called the cell phone which if you watch the full match coverage on the Arsenal Player, you may just get a glimpse of the gaffer using to put in the changes at 60 minutes.


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  6. Agree that we should temper our expectations.

    This was a bit of a special circumstance.

    Soton erroneously prioritised the lesser cup. Can’t blame them in a way because they have their feet in the finals.

    But FA cup is so much more prestidgious.

    Wenger won the mind tricks before the ball was even kicked.

    He’s been revamping the squad since 2011 when he brought in Arteta and Metersecker to provide experience and control the out flow of top end players.

    The first team is finally fully rounded with both talent and experience in all positions.

    But I think there has also been hard work at Academy level.

    In recent seasons, Wenger has successfully brought in Bellerin and Iwobi whem many amateurs instead prescribed spending heavily in market.

    To some extent he also showed tremendous faith in another youth product who was at last chance in Coquelin.

    Now he looks to be grooming these two double barrel youngsters Maitland Niles and Reine Adelaide.

    Maitland Niles in particular is example of the sort of hard work above all that you have to marry with talent.

    He had the likes of Zelalem, Crowley perhaps ahead of him in midfield but he has leaped frogged their progression.

    Holding is also another example of good development for young prospect.

    Wenger hasn’t rushed him in unlike the hyped Stones at City and that genius Pep. Yet the media of course would have you that Stones is the sort of buy that shows ‘ambition’.

    Then again they are the same media lot who believe Klopp is rock and roll (music from 60 years ago) and Liverpool is an exceptionally talented squad. Ahem.

    Well they get a chance to prove it this weekend.:D

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  7. The Ox has been impressive.

    I feel Iwobi can also perform a similar function.

    But here am I getting nervous about us getting to bare bones in the central midfield.

    Ox has such good feet and power but his passing from deep was outstanding.

    Fully justifies the money Wenger spent on him buying him off of the Saints.

    He’s a player.

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