Arsene Wenger has praised his team’s final 20 minutes in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield as ‘fantastic’, but wasn’t playing down the periods of the game when we struggled.
Either side of half-time there was a sloppiness about the way Arsenal played, and but for one superb Petr Cech save the game might have taken on a different complexion.
However, the Arsenal manager was pleased with his team’s reaction, and the way they kept going to rack up the biggest win of the season so far.
Speaking after the game, he said, “I felt that I was not pleased with everything, but we started well and I think after that we slowly lost a bit of our edge, the urgency in our game and a little bit as well in the second half we gave them one or two chances.
“We missed as well the second goal, but after that once we scored we played with freedom, with drive, with creativity and our link play became fantastic to watch in the last 20 minutes.”
As for why his side didn’t convince for periods of the game, he continued, “I’m convinced that we played with a bit of fear at one-nil at some stage because we didn’t play with the freedom, the passes didn’t come early enough.
“We played a bit inhibited and when we scored the second goal everybody was suddenly had more movement and passed the ball quicker, they struggled as well maybe and thought that was game over.
“Maybe we benefited as well from the fact that they had to give a lot for 70 minutes and they collapsed a little bit in the last 20.”
All the same it’s a good way to prepare for Man United on Saturday, although there was an injury blow with Alexandre Lacazette set to miss out due to a groin strain.