Steve Bould has admitted that tonight’s 3-1 win over Olympiacos was difficult and the first half sloppiness was something of a consequence of the Chelsea defeat the weekend.
The stand-in boss had a bit to say afterwards, and here it is.
On the game
It was tough. They made it really tough for us and defended really well. We started not too badly, but then looked nervous. Overall, though, it was a fantastic result. It’s always that isn’t it? It’s a results industry, we ground it out and got that.
They are technically a very sound side, we knew that before the match and we found it out in the first half. I don’t think they had too many chances, we limited them and could perhaps have score a few more, without being fantastic. We changed things around a bit at half-time and that helped us to control possession. It’s early days and there are a lot of quality teams but we are in a good position in the group.
On Gervinho who scored Arsenal’s first goal
Good players can play anywhere and Gervinho is one of those – whether it’s right wing, left wing or centre forward. He’s scoring goals and his confidence is sky high. I think his link play is gradually improving, and he’s a danger with his pace and movement. There is a lot more to come from him; he could be a top player.
On whether there was a hangover from Chelsea game which affected Arsenal in the first half.
I think there was. It probably knocked our confidence to lose to Chelsea. Now we can get back on track.