Arsenal FC manager targets title after thrashing Manchester City
Arsene Wenger current that his Gunners squad can go close after Community Shield victory
August 11th, 2014
It was a one-sided 2014 Community Shield match at Wembley, with goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud helping Arsenal to a 3-0 win against a Manchester City team who simply weren’t at the races.
With just days until the start of the new season, Arsene Wenger was understandably bullish after the match, with Alexis Sanchez and Calum Chambers both starting for an Arsenal team that are starting to look finely-tuned ahead of their opener against Crystal Palace.
“To win today gives us a positive platform to prepare,” he said. “It was important for our confidence to win the game and it was even more important to have a big part in the game. That is a comfort to me to see that we can produce the kind of quality we have produced for some long patches in the game.”
“That’s why it was important for us today not to lose the game,” Wenger added. “Last year we were very consistent against below-top-six teams and not consistent against top-six teams. The year before it was the reverse. I hope this year it will be right on both sides.”
Even so, Manuel Pellegrini will argue that the absence of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero rendered the result largely irrelevant, with Manchester City kicking off the season at Newcastle on Sunday.
Pellegrini said: “All the 22 players we have in our squad must demonstrate who is No1 in all the positions. Joe finished last season playing very well. We will see next Sunday which players start against Newcastle.”