The Gunners slipped to a 2-1 loss at the hands of Emirates Cup winners Galatasaray on Sunday, however the Arsenal boss was pleased with the preparation his side received ahead of the new season.
After a dominating first half the Gunners only managed to muster the one goal thanks to a Theo Walcott cross that inexplicably evaded both attackers and defenders as well as the Turkish outfit’s shot stopper and ended in the net.
The second half seemed a complete contrast, the introduction of Drogba and Sneijder did little to help the Gunners and eventually were able to creep back into the game with a Drogba brace.
Speaking after the game Wenger revealed his thoughts in the post match press conference:
We had a contrasting performance. In the first half we had a good performance, we were in control, they didn’t look dangerous, and we were not capable of maintaining physically that pace and that rhythm. In the second half we dropped. It’s a long time since I’ve seen two such different halves. Then I believe we were not capable of keeping the ball and we were punished. But it’s a good preparation for us.
Many of the headlines leading into Arsenal’s second and final fixture were dominated by the expected debut of new signing Yaya Sanogo.
The French youth international almost got off the mark in the opening minute, some entrance that may have been, but Wenger was pleased with the youngsters involvement despite only recently linking up with his new side.
The Frenchman continued:
Yes [I was pleased with him]. Considering he just came back from holiday and only had three or four days of practice, what he did is encouraging.
Cesc Fabregas has again been one of the most talked about transfers this summer with Manchester United trying hard to purchase the Barcelona midfielder.
Wenger has clarified once again that he expects his former captain to remain with the Catalan giants for at least one more season:
I haven’t heard that comment [that it is reportedly up to Fabregas if he leaves Barcelona]. I haven’t read it so I’m always a bit cautious to answer what a manager is supposed to have said. I don’t know. What I know is that Fabregas will stay one more year at least in Barcelona, that’s the information I have. If that changes, I don’t know, but I have been told that.
The Gunners much publicized pursuit of Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was brought up with the Frenchman who remained coy on the situation:
We try [to act properly], we always try to act properly. But the transfer is always an agreement between three parties. We have always done that.
With the Champions League Qualifier draw on the horizon this week, Wenger is taking it as it comes by focusing on his sides upcoming friendly with Manchester City and on the squad at hand rather than relying on purchasing players.
We just want to be ready. We have only 90 minutes now before we start the championship and it is important that we recover a little bit from the two days and prepare well for our next game against Man City, a friendly in Helsinki.
Then it’s important that we start strongly in the championship because that will have an influence on our performance in the Champions League.
It’s difficult, it’s a stressful situation, but we did fight very hard to be in that situation and now it’s time to take advantage of the fact we finished fourth and we have an opportunity to qualify. Of course it’s always a very tricky period but we have the experience, we have done it before.
[on getting players in before the European tie] Let’s count first on what is here, and if we can add something then we will do. It’s very difficult to predict that that will all be sorted out before we play in the Champions League qualifier. I think we have enough quality to achieve it with the players we have at the moment, if we can bring more in before that it is even better.
The Arsenal boss also confirmed the imminent exit of Ivory Coast international Gervinho to Roma and Chamakh to Crystal Palace, however the latter is reportedly a loan deal rather than something permanent:
Gervinho is on a good way to Roma, and Chamakh is on a good way to Crystal Palace.
Lastly, Wenger revealed that Ryo Miyaichi, who enjoyed a promising trip of Asia, is set to miss the next two weeks with a cracked rib. This setback means he will struggle to join in any further pre-season preparations.
Wenger confirmed the Japanese winger’s injury:
He is injured. He has a crack in the rib that he got in Japan in the first game. He hid it from us because he was desperate to play in Japan. At the moment he is injured for two weeks.