Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Wenger on Xhaka, Holding, Welbeck and working for BBC

Arsene Wenger faced the BBC cameras after Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Manchester United.

The boss reflected on the performances of Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck and fended off Jonathan Pearce’s question about his Gunners future with an amusing closing quip.


On the atmosphere and win…

It [the atmosphere] was a bit subdued. We needed to be patient to build our win. We were serious, defensively well organised and slowly we took over and won the game in the second half. First goal is a bit lucky, the second is a great goal so overall we are happy.

On Xhaka’s performance…

He has improved from the start of the season to now. He’s slowly getting the stature in the middle of the park. He has played well again today.

On Welbeck scoring…

It’s the kind of goal you want from him. He has all the qualities that a striker needs but at the end of the day you always want goals from the central striker. I hope that will give him a boost, a lift and build his confidence.

On Holding’s contribution to the goal…

He had a nervous start in the first half. He looked to be freezing. Overall, he played within himself. That’s happened a few times to him, that he’s had a nervous start, but that’s normal because he’s young and there’s a lot of pressure. When he gains confidence he plays very well. He’s an interesting boy with a good future.

On challenging for a top four finish…

Realistically? What is realistic and not realistic in football? What we want to do is win our games and then it’s possible, we’ll need a bit of help but the Premier League is known for teams that are safe that continue to fight, we saw that the other day with West Ham [beating Sp*rs]. Overall, let’s focus to win our games.

On having a good end to the season…

Every win is important; we had a bad patch recently, we recovered from it, now let’s continue to focus on our next game.

On whether he’ll be doing post-match interviews next season…

Look…you want me to work for the BBC? I don’t know, I don’t know. Nothing new.

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Good for him, he deserves some luck for once.

And getting the Mourinho hoodoo off his back.

Great result.

Original Paul

Agreed new Paul.

Original Paul

Did I miss something?


that quip at the end is one of the many reasons i love this man


I feel he probably would like to manage through one more transitional season to step down in 2018. In that, he will at least want Top 4 and/or FA cup to carry him through and afford him time to put things better in place for his successor. At the end of the day, he isn’t getting younger. Given the career at club level, to me, he is probably shoe in for the France job following Wcup 2018. That’s the way IMO it is heading. Considering how much he has put into this club, I think it will be a bit… Read more »


I think probably two ‘transitional’ (but hopefully nevertheless ambitious) seasons.

In two years time, some managerial contracts will be running down and there may be more options to choose from on the ~managerial merry-go-round~/dessert trolley/dreidl/whatever

The Loon Ranger

I’m surrounded by manure fans at work (none of whom have ever been to a game) so I’m going to be exhuding schadenfreude tomorrow. Time for a manaical laugh of me own I believe hahahahahahahhahahahahahahahah


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Wenger Sir

He should actually seriously think about the BBC job next season. He can take a dig at the new manager who joins Arsenal.


I’d happily encourage him to consider any job for next season other than managing Arsenal FC.


Lmao good reason ?

Lord Nicki B

Can we keep this Ramsey and exorcise away the one that is hell bent on doing fancy flicks and pirouettes?

David C

he was great! Less fancy silly flicks and amazing work rate.

I still think we don’t need Gibbs out there although he played alright tonight. Monreal as the LWB would be better and would keep Holding in the team.


Good win, but recovered from our bad patch? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.


We still have a long way to go. 4 MASSIVE wins needed to have any chance of Top4. And the Cup is not done or dusted. Chelsea will want to have the double. BUT If we do achieve both by some long stretch… it would be probably better than say : Spurs avoiding St Totteringham for one season and finishing with the Second Best trophy. City finishing in third with no trophies. It will be at Liverpool’s expense again so finishing in Europa for them would be a hefty let down. And if say United not beat Celta or whoever… Read more »


LOL, brilliant answer to that interview thing, I have to admit his brain works very fast to spin that question away 😀


Wengershowed mu fans that he is still that person back in early 2000. I believe he will leave arsenal as a great manager if his bosses give him all he needs to turn arsenal around.because the bosses in arsenal only care about the cash . It’s time to invest and make us happy again.


We really need to finish top four then from there we can build our team for 2017/2018 season. In Wenger I trust

Arsenes biggest fan

Im Arsenes biggest fan, what a true great, please sign a 5 year deal, what a truly decent, humble man,

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