Sunday, 22 August 2010

Arsenal v Blackpool: Wenger's post match reaction

Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after the Blackpool game and below is the highlights of what the manager had to say:

On Theo Walcott's performance:
"Theo is more electric than he has been..
"He mixed well the final ball and the finishing, which is a sign a player is more mature.
"Let's not forget what he does is always at a very high pace, so it is not easy to make the right decision, but today, he did."
On more to come from Theo Walcott:
"Theo is 21, so now he is at an age where players usual start, you cannot say he is at the peak of his game.
"There is a lot to come from him - first, he has to keep his attitude right and also to be injury free, because that decides careers as well."
On the side effects of Theo Walcott being dropped for the World Cup:
"Theo is a guy who keeps his feet on the ground, and takes life in a positive way - he sees always the glass is half full, and not half empty.
"He took the World Cup as another challenge, and that is what is amazing about Theo."
On the sending off of Ian Evatt:
"From where I was on the bench I thought it was outside the area.
"The referee has no choice unfortunately because it was not a malicious foul, but denying a goalscoring opportunity is clear.
"I feel many times a yellow card would be enough."
On the Blackpool's overall performance:
"When they had 11 on the pitch Blackpool looked like they could create and tried to play in a positive way.
"We have matured because when we were 3-0 up at half-time we didn't become sloppy - we kept playing the way we wanted to play and overall it became a comfortable win."
On Arsenal's pursuit of Mark Schwarzer:
"We always respect the decision of the clubs if they don't want to sell. They do not need to come out in the press with that.
"If they don't want to sell they say that and we respect that. It is the same with anybody."
More from Arsene Wenger on the official site.

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