‘Why we improved after the interval’


‘Why we improved after the interval’

We delivered a much-improved performance in the second half against Bournemouth to claim our first win of November - but what was it down to?

Arsene Wenger admits we became “nervous” after the Cherries equalised, and he had some very specific instructions for the team at the interval.

“It was a very intense game, but we started well,” he told Arsenal Player. “We scored and after that they got a penalty that, for me, looked soft but it destabilised us and we became nervous.

“At half-time we had to calm down, come out and focus on our game - that’s what we did. That’s why in the second half we created many, many chances.

“Bournemouth remained dangerous, they are a good side, but if you see the way we played at Manchester United, against Paris Saint-Germain, we had a different game here and overall I’m very pleased to have the three points.

“We had things against us, we came back to 1-1 then in the second half when you have a bit heavier legs you are tested. We pushed ourselves to win the game and it’s fantastic.

“I felt it played a little bit on the confidence of the team when you do not win for three games. Suddenly, there’s questions ‘Why do we not win?’ and the fluency goes a bit. These three points will help us.”

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