Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after Arsenal’s scrappy win over Sunderland. Arsenal capitalised on two catastrophic errors from Wes Brown and Vito Mannone to win 2-0 at the Stadium of Light.
Alexis Sanchez was the grateful recipient on both the occasions, he profited from a quite horrendous error by Brown in the first half while Mannone dallied too much on the ball and gifted Alexis a second goal late in stoppage time.
It was a game of poor quality as both sides committed some daft mistakes and neither side was able to take advantage of the nervousness of the other.
Wenger said he was just happy to get the 3 points at the end of a trying week:
Yeah of course. We had a different game on Wednesday. Sunderland had a big defeat last week and before the game what we wanted was the three points and we got them. I believe we were quite in control as long as we could scorethe second goal. Of course you [can] concede a goal and drop points but we didn’t do it today – we were focused, maybe we missed some opportunities in the final third and the final ball. Overall we are very happy to get the three points. We won at Anderlecht, we won here today, two and a half days later and that’s never easy.
It can happen and Sunderland were focused on defending very well today because they conceded many goals last week. I felt in the first half they were a bit low in confidence but in the second half they came out more and we had more chances on the break. When you have such a big defeat – and we have all gone through that – you go down in confidence quickly but you regain it slowly. The game today will improve Sunderland’s confidence levels. I think they’ll be alright.
Wenger also praised Alexis Sanchez as a ‘super quality player':
He took advantage of the mistakes they made but he’s also got a super quality – he’s quickly on your feet which is why he wins many balls that normal players don’t. He’s very quick in transition from offence to defence and wins the ball back very quickly. We can take advantage of that.
It was another game where our performance was mediocre at best. But the important thing is we got the three points and finally a clean sheet since what seems like 1874. Mertesacker held the defence together, Arteta and Flamini were solid but our forward play was disjointed again. Cazorla and Oxlade Chamberlain were poor all afternoon and why Wenger didn’t take them off is anybody’s guess.
There is no news yet of Gibbs’ injury and given his history I am preparing for the worst, a classic Arsenal 3 weeks out.
A week’s rest and Burnley up next.