Wenger – Vermaelen is like a frustrated centre-forward!

Thomas Vermaelen has been Arsenal’s match-winner twice in the last few weeks, and Arsene Wenger reckons that his partnership with Laurent Koscielny at the back is just as good when they go into attacking mode as they are in defence.

But it is certainly a great sound-bite for Wenger to call Vermaelen a ‘frustrated centre-forward’, but the fact is that the Belgian international does seem to popup in the opposing penalty area on a regular basis!

Both Koscielny and Vermaelen were both imperious as Arsenal held off Everton on Wednesday, and Wenger couldn’t help drooling about their partnership after the game: “They look solid and I think they have a good balance defensively and offensively,” Wenger said.

Wenger – I’m frustrated as Arsenal had enough chances to win the game

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.