Press conference

Will we appeal Mohamed Elneny’s red card?

Mohamed Elneny is sent off against Southampton
Mohamed Elneny is sent off against Southampton

The boss gives his view on the talking points after our 3-2 win over Southampton at the Emirates

Arsene Wenger was proud of the players after they dug deep to pull off a 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday - and make it six wins on the bounce.

The boss gave his usual post-match analysis shortly after the game. Here’s what he said:

on the win…

We want to continue to win our games. I wanted to rotate a little bit because we play so many games that I have no other way to do things. I wanted to pick a team that had a chance to win the game. On top of that, we were questioned. Southampton were leading, they came back to 2-2, and every time I believe we have shown great spirit, even if at the end of the game it was a bit hectic. I must say when you come to the Emirates, you see football and you see goals. That’s what you want to give to our fans.

on being exposed at the back…

We have an offensive team. That means as well the defenders are not always in the best possible conditions to defend, having to find a better balance in defending. I think recently we have done well and I believe on Thursday night, physically it was at a very, very high level and players like Bellerin and Mustafi had heavy legs today.

on recovering from going behind...

I’m very proud of that because I think we have been through a difficult patch, where the mentality of the team has been questioned and to recover from that you need solidarity, which is what they've shown. And as well today in the game when it was not all easy we again found the resources to win the game. I was always confident because I see this team behave every day and you can only be proud of their behaviour.

on his view of the red cards…

I haven’t seen what happened with Jack, honestly. Elneny, I was a bit surprised that he was sent off, because he’s a fair player, he’s not an aggressive player. Has he touched the player in his face or not? I don’t know if he’s done it. I think it was accidental.

on if he’ll appeal Elneny’s red…

I have to see it again. I haven’t seen it well enough to tell you. If possible, we’ll look at it tomorrow and see if we have grounds for an appeal or not. I don’t know yet.


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