The Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has suggested that the first injury free pre-season he has managed for years is really paying off for him. The 21-year old also says that he is not the sort of player that will be straight back in form after an injury lay-off, and we know that he has had to endure plenty of those.
Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal team stifled by a Chelsea team that only seemed keen to stop the Gunners getting anywhere near Petr Cech’s goal, but he still believes Arsenal should have been given a penalty kick to win the game.
Wenger said after the game: “It was a very unfair result but it is a result. I think we should have had a penalty, I think also we had chances. At the end of the game we had the chances and they had zero. I cannot remember them having one chance.
Arsene Wenger has made a habit of “stating the bleeding obvious” in most of his press conferences ahead of Arsenal games, and with Sunderland coming up tomorrow he has taken the opportunity to point out that the only difference between the 0-0 draw against Bolton and the 7-1 win over Blackburn was simply the amount of times Arsenal took their goalscoring chances!
It seems that the seven goals came from 19 shots on goal by Arsenal, but they also had 16 chances against Bolton without any finished product. This led to Wenger declaring: “It is linked with confidence. As long as you have not scored the first goal you want to score it desperately and therefore you are a little bit less relaxed and it puts more pressure on the shot taker. You are less efficient,”
Arsene Wenger watched his Arsenal team squander two more points in the race for the title after drawing with Wolves 1-1 but he believes that the Gunners should have scored more from the chances they created, and maybe they should have had a penalty as well.
The Frenchman reckons that they wanted to win so much that they just couldn’t relax enough to get the winner. “Gervinho scored today and we had other opportunities,” he said. “Arshavin was very close, Rosicky was close, Mertesacker was close. It was the kind of day where maybe we were not relaxed enough, maybe we wanted it so much, that we were a bit too much in the ‘wanting zone’ and not enough in just the technical zone.