Wenger praise for performance and Alexis

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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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ThaatArsenalGuy
ThaatArsenalGuy

Keep it up fella ! My fantasy football captain can do no wrong !

Man Manny
Man Manny

It is great to see many fellas in the team – Walcott, Alexis, Giroud, Ozil, Cazorla, Ramsey, Coquelin, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny and Cech – playing really well at the moment. You hardly see liabilities – error-prone fellas – who make you hold your breath whenever they are on the pitch.
If Alexis keeps up this form, expect the one-man-team mantra to surface; but nothing can be farther from the truth; all the guys are coming to the party. That is why I feel we will be there or thereabouts come the end lf the season. I hope we will be there. I believe.

Nacho Cheese Kalevra
Nacho Cheese Kalevra

Off topic. Biggest laugh for me today was Micheal Owen saying only one Arsenal player would get into the top 2 ( Chelsea and Man City ) and that player was sachet. That özil can’t compete with the likes of silva and sterling.
I can’t take that deluded tosser seriously if he can’t even count and or read right. Last I checked Chelsea weren’t even in the top 8.
Cunt.

Nacho Cheese Kalevra
Nacho Cheese Kalevra

Meant Sanchez. Sorry….

Gooneron
Gooneron

Sachet seems like the way Micheal Owen would pronounce ir

Ice Man
Ice Man

We knew who you meant, and Owen is still a deluded tosser.

David C
David C

I think a combined Citeh, Chelski, and Arsenal might look like this. I tried to give the tiebreak to players that aren’t jerks.

Cech
Bellerin Kompany Kos Monreal
Yaya Toure Fernandinho – but then no Coq or Cazorla….hmm, this is hard.
Silva Ozil Sanchez – but how do you keep De Bruyne out?
Aguero

Bench: Hart/Courtouis, Hazard, Willian, Giroud, Mert, Zabaleta, Pedro

Gooner
Gooner

Ha, nice one for not including any Chelsea players in the 11, was hoping not to see any on the bench either though.

David C
David C

Man I actually tried really hard at this guys! Like 5 or 6 mins of deep thinking; surprised by the thumb down, haha.

I hate Chelsea too, but I quite like Willian. He is more of an Arsenal-type player anyway 🙂

ramgooner
ramgooner

I would put cazorla instead of fernandinho and theo instead of pedro in the bench.

Lapo Gooners

How about this for the arsenal best squad ever that could’ve been assembled:

Cech

Bellerin Kompany Chiellini Kolarov

Coquelin YayaToure

DouglasC. Cazorla Sanchez

Lewandowski

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

I wouldn’t even stick Kompany in, just our back 5 wiht eitehr Mertesackr or Gabriel, I’d tend toward Gabriel at the moment.

Coq is better than Fernandinho…just.

Might not be a great idea to play Silva/Ozil together, given their similarity, so I’d chuck out Silva and stick De Bruyne or Hazard in.

Runkeball
Runkeball

I sometimes wonder if Owen knows how thick he is. If he does, it must really hurt to be him.

Pedant
Pedant

Top guy, lots of great performances eg Ozil, Bellerin, Santi amongst others.

I don’t think we are going to be 4th this year if we keep this up.

Arsene's zip
Arsene's zip

Touch wood when you say things like that. Don’t fucking jinx it!

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

Fourth at this point would be terrible to be honest.

Getso gunner
Getso gunner

Keep the good work gunners and keep us updated about gunners arseblog

Paul
Paul

Alexis is a gift, thank you Arsene and thanks for Hector as well and Le Coq and Cech and Ozil and everybody else!………In Arsene I Trust.

Man Manny
Man Manny

If Arsene had followed the advice of “experts”, we would be saddled with a declining Fabregas rather than our ever-improving Alexis Sanchez – a strong candidate for the player of the month of October and even player of the year.

Thorough
Thorough

Fabregas plays on the left wing now?

Man Manny
Man Manny

Fabregas and Alexis were offered the same season and many felt we should bring Fab back. Considering our cash outlay, I believe it was a case of one or the other and not both.

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

Nah, we could have done both.

We just chose not to bring him back.

Mpls
Mpls

It’d be entertaining to ask Mou how many seconds he’d have to think about swapping Fabregas for either Sanchez or Ozil.

On second thought, don’t give him any more excuses to open his poisonous hole.

The correct decision was obviously made.

David C
David C

Man Manny, and don’t forget Christopher Samba at CB!

Man Manny
Man Manny

Yea and Yann M’Villa

Julio Baptista's humble alter ego
Julio Baptista's humble alter ego

And Sebastien Frey!! What a top keeper he was 😉

Rip Van's Winkel
Rip Van's Winkel

Excellent team unity, even with Theo subdued!
Can’t wait for Citeh. That’ll tell us.

Paul
Paul

We don’t need to wait for Citeh, we already know……..I am sticking a bet on for us to win the league!

Le Jim
Le Jim

Newton’s lesser-known Fourth Law:
“One cannot prevent Alexis Sanchez from playing a game of football.”

Rufusstan
Rufusstan

A man who can heal a football injury by playing more football. Nice trick.

Arsene's zip
Arsene's zip

Alexis could learn from Chuba Akpom though: https://youtu.be/g-BuaqErZok

Should have done this to Mike Dean and we would have been top of the table.

Ajinkya
Ajinkya

ha ha.. thanks for the link.. 🙂

Ger

Apparently he refuses to fly up front returning from Chile. He says the seats are too big and the food too rich.

Le Jim
Le Jim

It’s actually because he’s doing sprints up and down the longer aisles of the economy section.

He particularly enjoys the added workout when the plane is in a steep ascent.

SWGooner
SWGooner

Lovely little smile from Wenger when he subbed him off yesterday.

The commentary had it right, I think it was Alan Smith, saying that he almost shames his teammates into upping their performance. Couldn’t really ask for more from Alexis, he gets back, forward, sideways and somehow, better and better!

Lapo Gooners

Given your detail, to me he is our future captain,

next year maybe to replace arteta’s armband.

Zippit
Zippit

Great result yesterday. Some iffy moments in the first half but we always looked like scoring and once the first went in…. wow.

On another note, I see afobe scored yet again today. Still confused about letting him go, I wonder if there was a buy back option? He looks like a real goalscorer.

pappashangosjungleboogie

more importantly, we beat a team that had a villain from Emmerdale as their manager. No doubt the mainstream press will fall silent on this point, but mark my words, there will be trouble at home farm. Whats that? oh, yes, yes… the boys did well, stuck it on a plate for him, partisan atmosphere etc etc.

The 49ners
The 49ners

Bring on the German bullies let’s make them a special beer and serve it to them soar !!!

Runkeball
Runkeball

The German Bullies and the Diving Dutchman.

dholio
dholio

Alexis is a God. He can do no wrong. Even his extra dribbles in our own half that sometimes lead to turnovers can be forgiven because of his overall work rate. Watford did well in the 1st half to keep him and Ozil out of the game as it seemed like all of the play was always on our right hand side. Glad our two most talented players made the difference in the 2nd half

Mark
Mark

I just hope he stays healthy, it’s always such a worry with how much he plays for club and country and how important he is to both teams. Not to mention that playing for Chile often involves heading to South America. We’ve got one of the toughest stretches of the season coming up with Bayern twice and some big league matches so need him for all of them.

Lapo Gooners

Sanchez is our best player right now.