Arsene Wenger: Man City game affected Arsenal defence

The Arsenal manager believes the 2-2 draw with the defending champions affected his side's confidence

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City negatively impacted his side’s confidence in defence.

The Gunners had come from a goal down to lead 2-1 at Emirates Stadium in September, only for Martin Demichelis to head home a late equaliser from a corner.

I’m an attacking manager, but when you need to score four goals to win the game it’s one hell of a mountain to climb

Arsene Wenger

And Wenger believes that some of Arsenal’s struggles this season have come from “doubts” amongst his rearguard.

“It’s always important to find the right balance. The players are the players at the end of the day, and I make the decisions. I believe it was more a question of patience, and a desire to win the game.

“The decisive game was Manchester City at home, when we were 2-1 up and conceded a goal at a corner because we were not focused. From then on we had some doubts.

“I’m an attacking manager, but when you need to score four goals to win the game it’s one hell of a mountain to climb. To attack with freedom you need to also think, ‘OK I can go,’ and be sure you will be secure defensively.

“In the modern game as well the physical levels have gone up – everyone is quicker – so you cannot guarantee that you will score three or four goals in every game. I don’t think teams attack much better, but they defend much better than 10 years ago.”

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