Wenger’s Reaction + Player Ratings Of The Liverpool Game

Arsenal picked up their first victory of the new season thanks to goals from Podolski and Cazorla. This is the third consecutive game that Arsenal have kept a clean sheet and Wenger was impressed by the performance of his players.

Wenger’s reaction of the game:

 “I am pleased with the quality of our display, offensively and defensively. We were more composed today, and dominated in midfield. I still feel Liverpool is a good team. I am confident we have good potential. It is down to us to build on that and improve. It’s like scoring goals, as long as you don’t concede everybody defends a bit better as they want to keep the record, and that helps. But overall credit to the whole team, they defended well.”

Speaking about his new recruits, Wenger was positive that Giroud will find his feet soon and will get on the score sheet.

“It’s always a test when you arrive at a club like Arsenal. People have seen many, many, many great players so you have to convince people. They know what makes a good player. I think slowly they can convince our fans they are good enough to play for us. Everyone understood Cazorla would not need six months to settle. I am pleased for him, Podolski and Giroud.”

The manager then continued to talk about Diaby as he praised the French man for his determination and mental strength he has shown.

“It is massive for us to have Diaby back. He looks in good shape, and there is more to come from him. He is a fantastic footballer who has had just one problem Let’s hope he gets through the international break well.”

Player Ratings:

Mannone-looks like the best shot-stopper out of our lot of keepers,but lacks experience and decision making.Should have helped out the defense by coming out much often.Uneventful match.8/10

Jenkison-Despite lacking that extra drive and the ability to look up before a cross,he was rock solid at the back.Dealt with Sterling way better than Toure did last week when City played Pool.9/10

Per-Doesn’t move around but he doesn’t need to.Initially a quick striker can get the better of him,but does come charging back and uses his long experience and legs to good use.8/10

Captain-Played like one.Threw his body around like one.I just hope he is not injured and comes back stronger after the international break.9/10

Gibbs-Very different from Jenkinson.He might be the best crosser at Arsenal,which in itself is a bit depressing as he isn’t a Beckham in delivering the ball into the area.Needs much more positional awareness at the back,and if we are to play a high line in the coming matches(i suspect we will once Kos comes back) he needs to radically improve his game.7/10

Ox-anonymous.quick. disciplined.better than walcott.Looks a bit off though,maybe because Pool pressed him very quickly whenever he was on the ball.the same way they pressed City’s wide players last week.and he wasn’t helped by the fact that he had to had to help out Jenkison whenever Sterling had the ball.7/10

Arteta-Maybe we have our Pirlo!i know these are early days but his experience and calmness could play a huge part in this new concept of Arsene not to have a Makelele type of player in the team.8/10

Santi-Calm.wonderful.intelligent.everything we have missed since cesc left.boy he is so serene when he has the ball,and seems like he has all the time in the world to look up and pick whoever he wants with his passing range.9/10

Diaby-Now i can see what Wenger and Blanc see in him.i was a bit apprehensive when Wenger stuck by him throughout his injuries and when Blanc said he wanted to build his French team around him.Still very very early days and still could turn out shit the next match.But i just hope he stays fit one entire season and playes 40 matches.Then we can judge him.9/10

Podolski-didn’t have the ball much,but when he has the ball looks urgent and wants to make something happen.took his goal very well.and has a sweet left foot.and a much better defensive player than any winger we had over the years.9/10

The pretty boy Giroud-is something wrong with him.looks a bit languid today.maybe he is carrying some sort of a virus.or maybe am watching too much Dr.House :P//one thing that was obvious was his hold up play.could definitely come good.6/10

Ramsey-lacked speed,but did well despite being put on the wings(refreshing to see Wenger not making a like for like change after the 70 min mark).could come handy in certain matches if we want to give the likes of cazorla and arteta a break.6/10


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