Arsene Wenger has praised Arsenal’s patient performance yesterday, and the influence of Alexis Sanchez who took his goal tally to 10 in his last 5 games with the opener against Watford.
The Gunners took some time to break down an obstinate Watford side, but three second half goals ensured another three points, putting us back in second place.
“We faced a Watford team that was well organised and knew exactly what they wanted to do,” he said.
“They were very physical in the challenge and very strong in the challenges and very direct. These three things together, it took us a while to get on top of that. In the second half, the fatigue coming in, Watford came in less in the challenges and we got the ball quicker in transition and were much more dangerous.
“When we scored the first goal, I like the fact we continued to attack and got a convincing win.”
And on the goal-getting Chilean he admitted he thought about resting him following his international exploits, but didn’t want to upset his momentum.
“When a player is on a scoring moment then sometimes the flow can be disturbed. That is why I leave him in.
“Yesterday in the training session he looked quite sharp and the medical people told me he has no problem at all, then I thought I would test if he is ready and if he was not ready I would take him out.
“But sometimes it is easier to start the game and take the players off than when you go into the game a little bit tired, because you go with the game. So I decided to go for that.
“I like to watch football and that is what you want when you watch him play. That is delightful.”
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