Sunday, 20 February 2011

Arsene Wenger and Samir Nasri describe the victory over Barcelona

Arsene Wenger and Samir Nasri spoke with French television football programme Telefoot about Arsenal's win over Barcelona.

The pair describe the key moments in the game, during half time and what the victory meant to the players.

Here is the transcript:

Nasri: After the first 45 minutes you could have thought Barcelona were better. They now have to be frustrated. Today Arsenal is one of the greatest teams in Europe.

Wenger: With the game from both teams together, it was a game on exceptional quality. The ball basically never left the pitch. We play good football, they play good football. The teams they faced before refused to play, that's for sure. We couldn't fight them, so we didn't refuse to play our game.

Wenger: I felt we really worked together at half time. That was one of rare occasions where the players spontaneously just continued speaking until the end of the break. Fabregas spoke. He said to his team mates to continue to fight and not to lose the confidence.

Wenger: I have taken a gamble with everything at stake with the Arshavin substitution. I wanted him to take one of the occasions we'd seen for him to get behind Alves.

Nasri: During the whole match we fought on a high level.

Wenger: We felt we were coming closer to scoring because we always score in the final 20 minutes.

Nasri: I first thought about going for goal, but then I was too wide so the best solution was not to shoot from a close angle. I saw Andrey arriving. I tried to put it to him on his right foot so he could take it with his first touch. He has taken it well and it was a goal.

Wenger: That goal will make us even stronger. For sure.

Nasri: We didn't take the champagne or have a party because there is still the second match. But the victory will make us believe. I think they are still favourites. But we will stick to our philosophy. We will go out to play there.

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