Arsène Wenger demands more from Arsenal despite Wigan victory
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger admits his side have improved since the start of the season but says there is still room for more
Arsène Wenger has warned his Arsenal side that there is still room for improvement, despite their 4-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Mikel Arteta opened the scoring with a long-range strike in the 28th minute and Thomas Vermaelen nodded home Robin van Persie’s corner 60 seconds later. Gervinho then bundled home a third after the break before Van Persie added one of his own 12 minutes from time.
It was a dominant display from Wenger’s Gunners, who host Everton at The Emirates in the league next Saturday. But the Arsenal boss is refusing to get carried away as they continue their push for a top-four finish.
“There is a difference between the team at the start of the season and now and and we can still improve,” said Wenger after Saturday’s game.
“Overall we had a good team performance defensively and offensively. The confidence is there and you could feel that in the way we played today.
“I can only congratulate the team. They are growing and they are getting better and better. You could see there is something there to work on.”
Wenger’s side squandered a 2-0 lead at the DW Stadium in April 2010 to suffer a shock 3-2 defeat, and were leading 2-1 last season before Roberto Martinez’s side drew level with a late equaliser – and the Frenchman admits those results was in the back of his mind on Saturday.
“I had that in my memory when it was 2-0 and they started strongly in the second half because they had done that last season,” he continued. “I just felt that today we had too much for Wigan and that we looked solid at the back.
“We didn’t lose any goals in the fights and therefore of course we were under threat less defensively.”