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Wenger - The positives from the weekend

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s defensive stability and incisive passing impressed him the most during the Emirates Cup.

The Gunners lifted the trophy on Sunday for the first time since 2010, after beating Lyon and Wolfsburg without conceding a single goal.

Arsenal scored six times in Saturday’s opener and, while the manager was happy with his team’s attacking verve, he was also pleased with their strength at the back.

"The young players who played were convincing as well so you could see that it’s a photo of the present and of the future as well"

Arsene Wenger

“First of all our defensive stability was very good,” the manager said. “After that our game is well structured, we can create chances and our technical level is good.

“Physically we are already not far from a very good level and some young players have done extremely well. We could give them a chance and that’s very pleasing for our fans to see that as well.

“We had two different teams, two good games, everybody played well, we have no injuries and we had clean sheets. The young players who played were convincing as well so you could see that it’s a photo of the present and of the future as well. The team spirit is very good as well so everything is positive.

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“It smells like we can score goals. That is something that is very positive. Around the box our passing looks incisive, dangerous, creative, and our finishing has not always been at the level that we want it to be in the last two days but we cannot complain.”

 

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