Nacho on Arsene anger | Ramsey wants Wembley momentum

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Nacho Monreal has revealed that Arsene Wenger got angry at half-time of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United as he looked to inject urgency and energy into his lacklustre side.

The Gunners didn’t muster a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes and deservedly trailed at the break to Ander Herrera’s volley. However, they rallied in the final thirty minutes to snatch an equaliser courtesy of Tyler Blackett’s own goal before pushing for an unlikely winner.

Reflecting on a hard fought point, Monreal told Arsenal.com that he felt the first half was arguably Arsenal’s worst of the entire season:

“We know that we didn’t play very well in the first half, it was probably the worst 45 minutes we have played this season.

“The boss was angry, which is normal and we knew that we have another 45 minutes to fix it. In the second half we played much better than the first, we were lucky because we could score and draw the game. And we go home happy with the score.

“We didn’t play well in the first half and the boss was a bit angry with our performance, but we knew we could make a difference. We played much better and drew the game, and almost won it as we had some chances. But the draw is good for us.”

Aaron Ramsey, trying to put his finger on why he and his teammates initially struggled to get into the game, added:

“The fact that we lost against Swansea, maybe that was in the back of our minds. It took us some time to get going but when we did find our rhythm we felt quite comfortable out there.

“We were a bit nervy and rushed our game a bit. It was important to come out in the second half and put our stamp on the game and I feel like we did that in the end.”

With two matches to secure the single point needed to nail down third place the Welshman underlined that the Gunners can feel confident of topping United. He also touched on the importance of consistency and momentum ahead of the FA Cup final on 30 May.

“It is another important game [against Sunderland on Wednesday]. They will be fighting for their lives and we have two home games and we want to finish strong before the FA Cup final.

“I think we feel quite confident about [finishing in third]. It was important to get a result today and hopefully we can go into the remaining games and win them both before the big one.”

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CB
CB

Nice to hear that Arsene has a hairdryer, though I suspect it is quite a small one.

Stevie
Stevie

A travel hairdryer maybe.

Fergie the Gooner
Fergie the Gooner

A travel one that you can use in the car in case the handbrake is a little bit on?

Le Jim
Le Jim

Wasn’t disappointed with the result – performance is another matter. Hope we can lift it for the cup.

On another note, Blogs, congratulations on that little Gatorade feature I saw on the Arsenal Facebook page – couldn’t help but recognise that sexy voice (no homo). Probably what Zeus sounds like. If he were Irish.

another goon
another goon

thumb down for the use of “no homo”.
Arsenal fans should be better than that

Mach III
Mach III

Arsenal fans should be Arsenal fans.

Le Jim
Le Jim

Nowhere do I inply that “homo” was a bad thing, merely that I’m not homosexual, which surely must be okay.

Apologies if misinterpreted, but I’m fully against discrimination as well x

Smart-Arse
Smart-Arse

Think it was more the fact you were worried about being perceived as a homosexual to such an extent that you had to caveat your comment. Which implicitly suggests a degree of homophobia on your part. Hence the collective disapproval

Reggie
Reggie

Whilst that half was poor the St Mary’s display was abject. A win on Wed, rest some this weekend and hopefully Villa will capitulate like Saturday. Cup winners again.

George
George

And people say AW’s lost his fire..

bazza-wicks
bazza-wicks

is it true wenger found fergies hair drier at half time in an old locker in the changing room ha ha it worked for performance wise but apart from a little bit of luck for the goal we didnt look like scoring if we played all week, this is the weakest side man u fielded in years and still we cant beat them with as Wenger thinks is our best side
no shot in 45 minutes is disgraceful in any league or any standard, we had no width and always one pass too many we need to work the goalie even if dare we shoot from outside the box too much trying for goal of the season every time

Fool of a Took
Fool of a Took

Weakest side for years? Did you miss the the whole season with Moyes, THAT was the worst United side ever (the fact that we never beat that team is a fucking scandal).

Even though I loathe the red cheating cunts, they do have a couple of quality players at the moment.

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

That Man Utd squad is the most expensively-assembled squad in the Premier League. Whether it’s their weakest or not is a matter of opinion but I suspect you’d have been begging for Arsenal to sign any one of Blind, Di Maria, Mata or Falcao when they became available.

King Kolo
King Kolo

Is this a report from 2009?

laikipian

Nacho has been one of the most consistent guys this season.

George Martin
George Martin

Wasn’t quite as bad as the first half at stoke, but up there this season, decent second half though

Kenneth5
Kenneth5

Yea i think dat first half at Brittania was worse

me,Mesut and I
me,Mesut and I

Chelsea is the only other top 4 team we have lost away to in the league this year. We have even beaten city and united(in the cup). Ask any fan and most would have taken that at the start of the season. There are still things we need to improve on and get a couple more players in for next season but we are going in the right direction. Win another cup and I for one will be satisfied with the season especially after the start we made.

CB
CB

If we can avoid playing other half-decent teams with an S away – Spurs, Stoke, Swansea, Southampton – we will have a better chance. Or get a magic spell.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

But we lost to Swansea home and away, and at Stoke and to an average Spurs, who took five points off us. We also drew at home to the soon-to-be-relegated Hull. And Chelsea also took five points off us.

That’s why we were never in the title race.

King Kolo
King Kolo

Who was in the title race?

Goonerestgooner
Goonerestgooner

5 points?

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

Yes, 5 points that we dropped ( but 4 that they gained). We took 1 point from 2 games against each of Chelsea (as we did last year), United (ditto) and Spurs. That’s 15 more points we’d have had if we’d won those matches.

Alexstratz
Alexstratz

Sunderland only need a point to stay in the PL. It just happens that we only need a point too.

OOzil
OOzil

What is the difference monetarily between third and second?

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

£1.9m I believe.

GoonerInk
GoonerInk

but the difference between 3rd n 4th isnt much, the extra CL games provide a little extra, no?

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

I actually don’t know but i suspect not much less. Obviously the CL games would’ve been worth another £1m or so in gate receipts but with the obvious uncertainty about how much CL money we would have plaguing our transfer activity all summer.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Interesting day yesterday, wasn’t it? I thought that the theme of the afternoon was actually goalkeeping.

I sat down on Sunday and watched both Sky matches (yes, I’ve got no life). In the Swansea v City game we saw two very contrasting performances between the sticks. Our erstwhile Number One, Flappyhandski, made a few decent saves but was found wanting when it really mattered: he should have saved three of the four City goals. But at the other end Joe Hart was magnificent: that late flying parry, in particular, was unbelievable. Hart has taken his game to another level this season and is now right up there with the best goalies in the world.

Then there was our game.

Yeah, we were rubbish in the first half, but the goal which we conceded before the break was very savable; unfortunately, we had Ospina in goal, so we ended up one down to the only decent chance which United had mustered. At the end of the day we got the equaliser so our average keeper’s error didn’t matter. But it could have done. That’s why this position has to be urgently addressed this summer. None of our three “world class” goalkeepers are good enough and so somebody must be brought in.

It was poignant that at the other end at Old Trafford, United best keeper since Peter Schmeichel was taken off injured in what was probably his last game for the Red Devils. United fans applauded De Gea but everybody knows that he’ll be at Real Madrid next season. The managers of the two biggest clubs in the world both know how important it is to have a top-quality shot-stopper in your team; it’s a shame that Wenger doesn’t.

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

Hart had a very good game but then he’s also had some absolute shockers this season, particularly when the pressure has been on this season. Ospina could have done better on the goal but it was hardly a major error, surely you would agree that the bigger issue was Herrera being given the freedom of Manchester? As for the dig at Wenger, it’s easy to be wise in hindsight – most reasonable people would’ve given Szczesny, the keeper of the season last season, a further chance to improve this season and most people would’ve said that signing an international keeper as back-up was wise.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Who cares about last season? What matters is this summer. We must out out and buy a top keeper – any fool can see this – but I bet you that Wenger won’t do it. This is why Le Prof drives me up the wall: his teams are always a couple of players short. You just know that Wenger is going to faff around in the transfer market and leave us without the players we need to take the title.

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

Ah summer, sun setting late, beers chilling, bbqs heating and the sound of a few melodramatic Gooners flipping out. So you’re being driven up the wall by something that hasn’t happened yet? You need to chill, we’re in May, there’s a long way to go before next season starts. I’d like an upgrade to any position but i’m also not somebody that thinks our current keepers are awful and I certainly don’t want Wenger signing people just for the sake of keeping a few ridiculous fans calm. If there’s an upgrade available then we should always see if we can make it happen but who knows what Wenger’s thinking or has and has not done? Maybe he genuinely believes we don’t need an upgrade or would rather spend the money he has on another position? Give me a choice of a world class striker or someone like Cech or Begovic i’d take the striker 100 times out of 100.

Cockelino
Cockelino

I remember Valdes as the keeper who prevented us from winning the CL. Yes, Hart and De Gea were very good this year but they were not so good two to three years ago.

He puts it into row Z!
He puts it into row Z!

Our first team lacks leadership at the moment

AQUI
AQUI

Didn’t hear this when we were on 8 games winning run.

He puts it into row Z!
He puts it into row Z!

Hence the phrase at the moment

Mpls
Mpls

You’ve lived up to your namesake, Z.

Paul O'Callaghan
Paul O'Callaghan

A friend was at a charity dinner a few years back which had an ex Arsenal player on each table. His table had Bob Wilson on it.Bob said that while Wenger has a brilliant football brain when it comes to Goalkeepers’ he has a ‘blind spot’ and he finds it hard to differentiate between a good Goalkeeper and a mediocre one.

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

Of course Wilson is also on record as saying that Szczesny is an excellent keeper and he’s said pretty much the same about every other Arsenal keeper in recent seasons, including Stuart Taylor. Bob’s a legend but there’s a reason why he was presenting Grandstand when he retired.

Juicy101
Juicy101

I remembered last season and how embarrassing we were as team against the bigger teams, this season arsene as address that and yet still we moan, we won the cup and we’re gonna win it again it seems and yet still we moan! Wtf is improvement to all you guys? In my eyes the team is improving and going places that for damn sure. Arsenal fans are a fucking disgrace sometimes and that’s the honest truth..

cheekyjc
cheekyjc

I’d quite like it if the players still talked about fighting for second rather than just securing 3rd. It’s still possible (just!) so would be nice to know they’ve not given up on it…

santori
santori

Media painting it as a third place battle.

They were still prattling about us fighting for fourth when we had long secured it.

Frankly media are as per usual clueless.

They will point to us not having a chance at the title next season because we ‘never spend’ when we have not been shy of bringing big names in recent seasons.

And their prescription of adding wholesale change (chopping managers) as per what Liverpool and Spurs have done have been detrimental where the title winners in Chelsea have had the shallowest squad of the top 4 this season plus they did not add quantity rather in quality (to some extend)

We have to add quality over quantity this summer.

Adding a new keeper will be a distraction. Frankly both Szsc and Ospina are still very young and will improve plus we are hedging on two very promising keepers. They may not be the best now but there is no reason to believe that there will not be organic development. Meanwhile, they are not poor keepers by any means either

Where we need to strengthen are in other areas.

If Walcott should leave, we will benefit from someone with quick feet and a creative mind out wide.

Also we could do with a robust and tall player in midfield not just as a DM back up on ocassion we have to do battle with orcs or Fellaini but also to add something we have missed with Diaby going forward through the middle.

Yesterdays game was an appalling drop of two points on our part.

Despite United frankly playing better for most parts, we could have nicked it off of them.

Had Giroud’s effort late on gone in on the right side of the net of course we would be singing a different tune.

But we did not put way enough effort first half which cost us. Pointless being semi-effective only for 45 minutes (or really last 15)

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is a good maxim to abide by but the warning signs were there in the previous game against Swansea (which we were more culpable of taking our eye off the ball in our competition for second) Some players are a bit long in the leg (Alexis, Santi) and a bit of change would have freshen things up.

Jack had a storming if limited showing against Swansea late on and should have frankly started for us. Ditto maybe Walcott coming on earlier (or another option in Rosicky)

The resources are there on the bench but Wenger has been a little timid for me.

Meanwhile the Media will prattle on about the United revival and how they have a chance next season at the title (now that their favorites Spurs and Liverpool are by the way side yet again), neglecting the fact that despite our ‘propensity not to spend’ we are finishing higher than United (with their collosal spend last summer) and that we are yet to play an FA cup with historical significance.

There is no such thing as organic development for the media types. The likes of Bellerin and Coquelin are largely unnoticed for them.

We have to balance both organic growth and strategic market buys.

Ferngunner
Ferngunner

HAHA GO VENGER GO! I LIKE IT.

swee
swee

I don’t think arsenal fighting spirit is enough. They should press their opponent at the first minutes, but not press them after conceded.

koolkarts
koolkarts

If what Ramsey said is true – we were jittery in the first half because of Swansea, then that’s definitely somewhere we need to improve.

Hate the rent boys, but whenever they lose, they bounce back immediately. We’ve improved at it this year, but it’s just a form of mental conditioning. Given our trajectory thus far over the past 24 months, there’s no reason why we can’t improve.

We’re lucky we were just playing Manure minus Rooney. If it had been another team, so a poor first half would have locked us out of the game.

Maybe part of the puzzle is getting someone like Cech. He’s won the league and he’s one of those calm goalkeepers – different to Szces, but more of an upgrade on Ospina. Really hope we get him, maybe loan out Woz for a year as he’s still young, and then get a Schneiderlin and Kondogbia. I do think we need a killer striker – maybe play Walcott in the central role and mix it up with Giroud depending on the game, with Welbeck and Chuba also as options.