Wenger thankful for experience as Gunners grab a point

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Arsene Wenger PSG 1-1 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s European experience helped them win a point last night against PSG. The Gunners conceded after just 42 seconds and, but for some outrageously wasteful finishing, might have been on the end of a real pasting.

However, the home side came to rue their missed opportunities – as is often the way – and Alexis Sanchez’s equaliser was enough to take a point back to North London.

After the game the manager admitted his side had started poorly, but said an improved second half display was down to the fact his side kept going under difficult circumstances.

“When you start so badly against a team of that quality you need experience,” he said. “If you are too young, you can be caught. I thought that we didn’t panic, and overall we were resilient enough, and the resilience comes through experience.

“I told the players at half-time that if we keep playing we will come back, because we could see if we had better possession we could score goals. They played at a high pace, but even in the first half I think we were in trouble mainly when we lost the ball on the counter-attack because they pressed well.

“Even in the first half you could see that if we managed to keep the ball a bit better we would be dangerous – we created chances. In the first half, our midfield played a bit too far from Alexis. In the second half we played higher, and after the kick-off in the second half we had a good chance to come back, which we did.

“Overall, I think it was a good result to come here and not lose and pick up a point.”

It’s certainly a better start than last season’s European campaign, but obviously there are things in the performance and team selection that have to be addressed before the next game.

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Dajeff
Dajeff

I like how he phrases things…he is too polite, publicly.
But I think he really has seen the same game though. Hope he has…

Mustrum Ridcully, Unseen Academicals
Mustrum Ridcully, Unseen Academicals

Where are all those people who wanted to buy Edited son Cavani over this summer transfer? Vat got your tongue?

Not a great performance against PSG but a good draw. We need to find a better way to link play between defence and attack. We also need to find a way if playing against a high press.

The issue is not whether Alexis can play CF but whether the Midfield 5 can be made to work effectively against pressing teams. We would be crucified against Shitty or Barca playing the way we did.

Gar14
Gar14

I’d still sign Cavani tomorrow if we got him for a fair price. Don’t be so short sighted!

Mustrum Ridcully, Unseen Academicals
Mustrum Ridcully, Unseen Academicals

If it was Giroud or Walcott playing like that, they would be crucified. I think you are looking at reputation rather than performance here!

Frank
Frank

To be honest although his finishing was comical the runs he was making were different class and once hes got confidence back hell be burying those. I actually think an on form Cavani with Ozil finding those runs would be devastating.

Mustrum Ridcully, Unseen Academicals
Mustrum Ridcully, Unseen Academicals

I saw nothing in Cavani’s performance that would be better than we have already got. There are people who believe the grass is greener and totally ignore what we have.

The real issue is the Midfield was not playing well and it may be down to balance.

thw14
thw14

Can’t go into a game talking up the experience you are glad to have in the squad and then sugarcoat a bad performance as ‘gaining experience’.

Systems not working, sort it out Arsene, ASAP.

Tom Gun
Tom Gun

Erm he didn’t! Wenger said that it was thanks to the experience in the team that they dealt with a difficult situation and came away with a draw.

New guy
New guy

Yes, but if you read the headline and not the article, how would you know that?

Ancient Gooner
Ancient Gooner

As an intelligent manager,he expressed his analytical thoughts succinctly and correctly. I am no football pundit,but Arsenal in the first half could not keep the ball.PSG wasted their chances and in the second half our boys were not resigned to failure,but conjured up a fight mentality which paid off. They are now grinding out difficult games,with the hope of winning. Let us as fans support them to the hilt.

Top, top, top commenter
Top, top, top commenter

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Bolton DNA
Bolton DNA

I didn’t see experience in last night’s symbolic display in france. Arsenal has to be thankful that Cavani contrived to fall over like a stunned goat when it seemed easier to score. ospiiiina earned his corn in a big European night

Possession
Possession

I thought that in difficult away games like last night we would be playing with a double pivot of two of Xhaka ,Elneny and Cocquelin to absorb pressure and then counter attack with pace. Easier games, home or away, we would be playing with Xhaka at the base to allow both Cazorla and Ozil to play centrally ahead of him. How could I get it so wrong ?
Is Xhaka not cutting it in training I wonder?

Hamburg Gooner
Hamburg Gooner

Maybe it is down to the red card he recently got (again) – a bit of disciplinary action or so ..

Miranda
Miranda

I think Xhaka and Elneny were being rested for Hull. It’s important not to drop more points in the league if we’re to qualify for the 20m CL cash cow next season, at which point we can put out a weakened team again so as to qualify for the following season – and so it goes on.

There was nothing unusual about the team selection, or the lack of focus in the defence, or the fact that PSG looked fitter, slicker and massively more confident than us – actually overconfidence in the second half was probably their undoing – Wenger has been resting players and putting out weird and second-choice teams in the CL for a while now. He did it last year, and even in the past, when we were stronger and more capable of topping the group he would put out the kids as soon as we’d qualified for the round of 16 – remember the Carling team of kids losing 3-nil away to Sevilla, thus making absolutely certain that we didn’t top the group? I imagine even that long ago he had come to realise, despite the quality of some of our players, our terrible injury record, together with his lack of interest in match preparation, our panicky and unfocused defence and inability to convert the chances we create, make it unlikely we’ll ever be be good enough to cut it at the top level against coaches like Guadiola or Simeone or Klopp. Since the last 16 is our limit, what’s the point of putting out the best team and jeopardising points in the league or progress in the FA Cup the following weekend? The CL isn’t about prestige or excitement; it’s about 20m, and so long as Wenger can proudly point to his qualification record he’ll have a new contract for as long as he wants. What’s not to like from his and Kroenke’s point of view?

If fans feel differently and would like to experience the pleasure and excitement of giving the CL a real go, they need say so. If they think it’s disrespectful and unsporting to treat the comp as a cash cow and would prefer a manager who takes the comp seriously and does the necessary coaching and match preparation, thus giving expensive and top-quality players like Sanchez and Oezil a better chance to excel, then those fans should let the club know and vote with their feet.

I have done. I can hardly bear even to watch us in Europe any more because it’s the comp I care most passionately about and I think Wenger’s approach, though entirely understandable since it gets him a never-ending series of new contracts, is actually disastrous for the club’s prestige and finances in long term – consistent underachievement is costly; you forfeit revenue and can’t retain or attract the players you want. Most fans seem very happy with status quo, however, and accept underachievement in Europe as the necessary price for continuing with Wenger. So long as these fans are in the majority, which they seem to be on forums like this, it’s obviously right that we carry on as we are.

John C
John C

Spot on!

Rich
Rich

The problem with playing Alexis as a striker is that our other wide forwards aren’t very good.
The Ox and Theo have far more bad games than good ones.
Giroud is still our best bet as striker until Welbeck comes back.
We we’re doing ok up until November last year when Santi+Coq both broke down both with results+performances.
I’d get back to this.
Cech
Mustafi Koscielny
Bellerin. Monreal
Xhaka Cazorla
Rambo Ozil Alexis
Giroud

ALexis PACINO
ALexis PACINO

Your opinion is Rich!

Unyoke The Ox
Unyoke The Ox

Theo’s been pretty effective this season and has actually learned how to beat a defender. Giroud is also still better than Welbz and we haven’t seen enough of Perez to rate him properly.

Hereford gooner
Hereford gooner

I can’t understand why he started with cazorla in this game. Clearly AW set up to play on the counter, so I can only assume he played santi to create fast breaks – BUT, We have the options to play two defensively minded CMs, all of whom have creative ability and can start a move (or at least pass with enough accuracy to supply mesut Ozil to do his thing..) So why on earth start with santi when we have the better defensive options that were so blatantly needed (as has been the case on many, many tough European and PL away fixtures in recent years). We finally have the options so why not use them?

Lone Star Gunner
Lone Star Gunner

This is my issue too. You have a team selection that can only be justified by setting up to defend and counter then within the first minute we have both CBs on the centerline, both FBs ahead of it and Coq farther forward than he ever should be. In other words, same possession and undermanned defense you’d see at the Emirates against a Tony Pulis team. WTF? Tactics didn’t mesh with team selection and that is on AW. And yes, City and (God forbid) United will murder us if we play with such tactical naïveté against them.

Glen Helders left foot
Glen Helders left foot

Experience my arse, if cavani took the sitters he was given we would of been hammered even with all the super experience wenger shites on about

ger

I adore Wenger………..but I fear he may be losing it.