Interview

Why the difference between first and second half?

After a disappointing north London derby defeat at Wembley, Arsene Wenger was in pensive mood as he reflected on the difference between our first and second-half displays.

The boss spoke to Arsenal Media after the match and discussed the performance, the physical drop in his players after the interval and those missed opportunities at the end.

This is what he said:

on the performance…
I felt in the first half that we had enough room to win the game but unfortunately we couldn’t do it. In the second half we dropped physically in midfield and the goal they scored put us in a difficult position. We had to come out and lost some balls which gave them some chances to counter-attack and then we were a bit lucky to stay at 1-0. After that, in the final part of the game, we should have come back to 1-1.

on the difference between the first and second half…
If you look at the physical numbers, in the first half we were quite even but in the second half some players dropped and the distances we covered in the second half was inferior to them. They could maintain it, and some players in our team cannot.

on the chances at the end…
We should have [equalised] but what counts is the facts in these types of games. Lacazette tried to score, you cannot make any specific reproach, but in these games, when you have those type of chances, you want to take them.