Wenger: We weren’t ruthless enough


Arsene Wenger says he was pleased to secure three points and a clean sheet as Arsenal beat Brighton 2-0, however, he admitted afterwards that his side had lacked ruthlessness in front of goal.

The Gunners dominated proceedings from the off at the Emirates and ended the game with 65% possession, 25 shots on goal, including 11 on target.

The woodwork and some decent saves from Seagulls’ keeper Mathew Ryan kept the visitors in the game in the first half before Alex Iwobi’s 56th-minute strike put breathing distance between the sides.

“I would say that we kept a clean sheet, we got the points and offensively we were certainly not ruthless enough,” said Wenger at his post-game press conference.

“Our focus and the pace in the game was a bit in and out, we had good moments and as well moments where we lost a bit our concentration in balls that we usually don’t lose, but we got what we wanted and [it was] just before the break.

“Our last international break was a nightmare, this one is a bit better.”

The win, a third this week, takes the Gunners up to fifth place in the fledgeling Premier League table and sees them level on points with Chelsea and one point behind Sp*rs. The upward trajectory has pleased Wenger, especially after the criticism his side drew after their 4-0 defeat at Anfield in August.

“I knew that after the game at Liverpool everybody did write us off, I knew that it just depends on us, on how much we respond,” reflected Wenger.

“Nothing is permanent, you are not bad in a permanent way if you can do something about it and you’re not good in a permanent way if you don’t keep your urgency, so we responded in a united way and we could put some wins together and some good performances as well.”

He added: “It’s very early [in the season], seven games played and 31 to go. Last year after six games Man City was top with 18 points, so let’s not go to pick conclusions. They played outstanding yesterday [in their win over Chelsea], but there’s a long way to go.”

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