In the aftermath of Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United, the experienced French manager blamed the side for being ‘nervous’ in the first half.
Arsene Wenger had to watch from the side line as the player he trained with and developed over many years condemned him to defeat, as Manchester United claimed three much needed points.
The long-term Gunners manager clearly disappointed after the game, said:
‘’We were just too nervous in the first half. We haven’t won for a long time here now. Once again it is a tight game that has been decided on a set-piece.
‘’We rushed the game too much and lost too many balls’’
Admittedly, the game was far from a classic as a cagey affair saw a low number of clear cut chances, in fact both Arsenal and Manchester United could only muster TWO shots each on target through-out the game.
Wenger's report of a ‘nervous’ Arsenal side will be a worry for supporters who have started to believe this season can be different.
The North London club up to now haven’t worried with expectation or let nerves get in the way of their performances, and last week produced some of their most memorable results and performances in years.
Starting with a highly intense match at the Emirates against title rivals Liverpool ending in a comfortable 2-0 to the Gunners, and then going to perhaps the most daunting place in Europe and recording a 1-0 away win against Dortmund, their preparation for this match couldn’t have been any better.
This could have been a pivotal moment in Arsenal’s season, that much is true, but it is still November.
Any ‘player’ that let nerves get the better of them in this match needs to take a long hard look at themselves in a mirror, because the matches are only going to get harder from this point onwards, the stakes are only going to get higher.
Arsenal should look to on from this defeat and not let it affect their incredible start to the season, which they are more than capable of doing, and I back them to do.
I just hope that for the first time in years the team that have produced so much ‘champagne football’ without reaping the rewards don’t let it slip now, especially not to nerves.
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