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.”