‘It was like the Chelsea game again’

Arsene Wenger faced the media after our 2-0 win over Basel in the Champions League.

Read on to find out what the boss made of the performance and Alexis’ central role.

on the performance…
I would like to congratulate my team for the quality of what they produced tonight. My only regret is that we didn’t take enough of the chances that we created. It’s a good basis to have a taste for more.

on showing solidity throughout the game…
We eased off a bit in the second half and we couldn’t score the third goal. We still had plenty of chances but it’s tough to maintain that pace, accuracy in the passing and speed in the game over 90 minutes. The first half was top, top quality like what we produced against Chelsea.

on being on the front foot…
It’s down to hard work of course, but also belief and belief comes with the last results. The confidence comes with the last result. We were a bit edgy at home for a few games but now it looks like we are playing with full pace and power. Now it’s down to us to continue to improve. I think we can do better and that will be down to our humility. We’ll start again tomorrow morning and then focus on our next game.

on Alexis playing through the middle…
At the moment he looks like he has the ingredients to do very well there. He’s getting stronger in every single game.

on winning the Champions League…
It’s way too early. Much too early.

on when he can say that Arsenal are close to it…
It looks like the team has interesting potential. We have to be ambitious and, as you know, keep our feet on the ground to continue to develop. We know exactly how we want to play football and we have to continue to stick to that and get better at it. That demands big focus and some leadership inside the squad. It also requires humility.


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