Arsene Wenger has praised Arsenal’s attitude following their a last-gasp opening day victory over Crystal Palace and promised his side will find their fluid passing game in the coming weeks.
Laurent Koscielny’s header cancelled out Brede Hangeland’s towering header just before half-time before Aaron Ramsey pounced inside the six-yard box to fire home an injury-time winner just as the game looked to be heading for a draw.
Pointing out that the Gunners were the only side to win at home today, Wenger underlined the positives while admitting that their is room for improvement:
“It was not the plan, the plan was to win the game, but because of the physicality and organisation level of Crystal Palace, it was very difficult for us. Why? Because we conceded a goal on the first corner they had. We lacked a bit of pace in the final third to change what we built up into dangerous situations.
“But it was enough to win the game and win the three points. You could see that for the first game of the season, nobody won at home, we were the only team that won at home. So that shows you that it’s difficult for everybody on the first day of the season.
“I believe that our attitude was right, on our fluency we can do better, but that will come. Let’s get everybody physically ready. Having said that, you could see that Crystal Palace played with the same organisation as last year, when they changed the situation from a relegation team to finishing 11th in the Premier League.”
Three of Arsenal’s new signings, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez played the entire game and while the Chilean international struggled at times to make an impact the boss reserved praise for his commitment to the cause.
“I am very happy with his attitude because he kept on fighting for 90 minutes, even if he is not completely ready physically. Tactically he needs to improve his understanding with his partners but he looked lively and dangerous until the end. I’m happy with his overall attitude and performance.”
Chambers performance in the centre of defence was also the subject of praise with Wenger confirming the 19-year-old had actually been signed as a back-up right-back.
“I must say, honestly, we bought him as a right back, but in my opinion he could play centre back. I tried it in pre-season and from game to game he becomes stronger. Today he had a remarkable performance.”