Wenger on the win, Koscielny and tempo

Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after Arsenal's 3-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday. This is what he said:

on the performance…It is always a difficult game, we were a bit edgy [in the first half] but in fairness Swansea showed quality again today. They are maybe going through a spell where they have less confidence but they are a good side. In the first half, it was difficult but in the second half we upped our purpose, our tempo and had more purpose in our passing, with pace in our combinations. Once we scored the first goal we were the dominant team and won the game normally.

on coming through a testing period…


Swansea City 0-3 Arsenal, October 31, 2015

We had a difficult first half but we came through it. I rested eight players on Wednesday and gave them a little breather this week, and it took us a little while to get into the tempo of the game. I am pleased because we could keep a clean sheet during the difficult moments of the game and you are never in a hurry to take too many risks going forward. Once we scored the first goal it was a completely different game.

on scoring more than 2,000 goals in his reign…Yes, the three points are more important. I am proud of scoring goals because people like to come to see football to see people try to play, but the most important of course was the three points.

on Chelsea’s form…I think it is better I don’t talk too much about that. Let’s focus on our game. We have made a little difference with some teams. Let’s focus on the quality of our game and keep a good balance between hunger, humility and confidence and not look too much at the other teams.

on Koscielny’s goal…I didn’t see a foul, honestly. Maybe I missed something and I have to watch it again. There are always a diverse set of opinions from managers on that. It didn’t look obvious to me from outside.

on Monk saying Swansea gifted the win to Arsenal…Honestly ion every goal you concede you have five mistakes on average. I didn’t look too much at them honestly when we scored the goals, I would have to see them again.

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