Wenger on a positive week, and what he wants from Iwobi


Arsene Wenger spoke to BT Sport after the 2-0 win over Brighton, here’s what he had to say in response to the questions asked to him by the bloke who works for BT Sports whose job it is to ask questions.

A positive and successful week. Three games, three wins. What did you make of the performance?

I believe we got a clean sheet, we got three points, offensively we were a bit in and out. The fluency was sometimes there, sometimes not. We maybe eased off a bit quickly sometimes, and felt ‘Ok we will win this’. That’s a bit the negative of the day.

You needed a quick start, Monreal’s goal gave you that.

Yes, but they never came really out, and maybe we didn’t play at a high enough pace to score more goals, and they defended well as well. They intercepted many dangerous balls along the box. In the end we knew that this was a very testing week. We had two away games and one very long away trip in the Europa League, so overall we won the three games, so that’s very positive.

That Iwobi goal put people at ease, a lovely moment by Sanchez, but is Iwobi going to be an important player for you?

That’s what we want of him. He is a midfielder who is creative, and what we want from him is goals. Playing in this position you want 10 goals a season, and assists. In the res of the game he contributes very well in the build up and overall I’m happy that he gwts goals.

You’ve closed the gap on the top clubs, you’re level with Chelsea. It’s been a big turnaround since the Anfield game, the Stoke result. You said it’s a different team. Why is that?

Well I believe we played the game at Liverpool under very special circumstances and afterwards people go to definite conclusions on a bad day that we we acknowledged. Nothing is permanent in life, we have always room to improve, and that’s what we did.

Also, in any season you have moments that are difficult and the quality of a season is decided by how well you have a response, united or not, motivated or not, and that’s what we did.

What are the special circumstances you’re referring to?

It was the transfer window, some players had half a head out and half in. As well it was just before an international break when players fly away and when you play away from home, and were already half out.

You said nothing’s permanent, but it’s 21 years since your appointment. You’re permanent! Tell us one thing you’ve learned over those 21 years.

I would say humility [laughter].

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