Arsenal FC manager delighted with “dangerous” Gunners team v Man City
Arsene Wenger hoping 2-0 victory at the Etihad boosts confidence levels
January 19th, 2015
Arsenal produced arguably their finest performance of the season to dent Manchester City’s title hopes but also boost their chances of finishing in the Premier League top four this term.
While Southampton and Manchester United occupy the Champions League berths at the moment, the Arsenal display at the Etihad Stadium suggests that the north London side should finish in the top four as has become traditional.
Arsene Wenger hopes that the confidence gained from such an impressive display will propel his team to greater things this term, including a Champions League campaign.
“The five months in front are very important in the lifespan of our team. They will determine our season,” Wenger said. “Time will tell. What is for sure is that it increases the amount of belief and confidence. The difference [now] is that first of all we have injured players back that were out for a long time and as well we know it is a very important period. The confidence of the team is high and some players are in good form.
“When we scored the first goal it was easier for us to control. We looked always dangerous when we won the ball. We had good solidarity and compactness. The regret is we didn’t always take advantage of the situations we created in the final third. We had opportunities to score more goals.”
The Arsenal midfielder, Aaron Ramsey, added: “We felt like in the past we were too open but today we definitely defended as a team and did not give any room in the middle for David Silva to get into those little pockets he loves. We forced them wide and we dealt with it. And obviously we took advantage of our chances going forward.”