Arsene Wenger says that nerves played a part in Arsenal’s first league win of the season. It’s hardly a surprise when you consider Arsenal have won just 3 of their last 15 league games and looked as confident as a hunchback dwarf with buckteeth and a pus filled wart on his nose approaching a hot girl in a nightclub to ask her for a dance.
A team short on confidence will struggle, regardless of the opposition and that was clearly a factor today. Speaking after the game Wenger said, ” I think we started quite well but slowly the nerves took over. You could see in the second half that we just wanted to get over the line and we didn’t make a mistake.
When you don’t win you have a deep problem, that’s for sure. The longer it lasts, the deeper the problem becomes. As soon as you win things are different”.
The boss was pleased with the debutants, both Arteta and Mertesacker played the full 90, with Wenger saying, “Mertesacker was calm and composed – he just needs to adapt to the pace of the game. He looks very intelligent in his positioning.
Arteta played very well, especially in the first half. In the second half it was more difficult for him but you can see he will give us some technical security that this team needs and wants to play like we play”.
And the beleaguered Arsenal manager sees some light at the end of what has been a particularly brown tunnel.
“We know that confidence goes quickly and comes back slowly. For us to be in the situation we were in, we were not used to that. We will come back.
“You look today with the fact we had no Gervinho, no Song, Diaby or Wilshere. We now have a decent squad overall when everybody is back and we have chance. First we just need to put a few wins together”.
Meanwhile, one of the new boys, Mikel Arteta gave his reaction to the win. Speaking to the BBC, he said, “It was important for us to get the 3 points and we’ve done it. It was important to get the points today and forget about what happened two weeks. We’ve done it, we’ve got a big Champions League next week so let’s focus on that.
“We had the chances early on to get the game in our hands but didn’t take them. Credit to Swansea, they played really well, it wasn’t easy, just glad for the debut and to get the points”.
The victory will be a welcome boost to the club and to fans (apart from the ones who are unhappy that we didn’t win enough by more goals so we could get the bonus points).