Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger satisfied with performance after 0-0 draw with Everton
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was happy with his side’s performance following a goalless draw against Arsenal. The Frenchman’s side showed plenty of endeavor, but they were never able to break Everton’s resilient defense.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard made a couple of crucial saves and Sylvain Distin and Seamus Coleman made important clearances to keep Arsenal’s attacks at bay. Arsenal forward Oliver Giroud came the closest to breaking the deadlock and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recorded exceptional form for the Gunners.
Arsenal, who just recently entered the top-four, could be forced out of Champions League contention if they drop any further points. Arsene Wenger believes his team still has the potential to finish in the top-four.
“We should have won the game, but it still keeps us in a strong position in the race for the top four,” said Arsene Wenger. “We had the chances to score, and that's my regret. Maybe we used power instead of technique too much in our finishing. My belief was always strong and still is. I am confident we will do it. The best way is to put the same effort into the next game.”
Everton fully utilized their physical side to keep their opponents from scoring. Darron Gibson made a couple of ridiculous challenges in the first-half. Theo Walcott was lucky to walk away without a serious injury and the Everton midfielder was fortunate not to have picked up a red card. Arsene Wenger was unimpressed by Everton’s rash physical play. The Frenchman believes match referee Neil Swarbrick needed to do a better job.
“I felt that in the first half the referee didn't deal at all well with the intimidating physical challenges, but that we responded well to the physicality,” Arsene Wenger said. “It was detrimental to the fluency of our game, but we kept going, had good concentration.
“But that is part of the game. We had to deal with that. You have to respect the effort Everton put in. They decided to make it very physical for us to disturb our game and sometimes went a little bit over the edge, but the referee had to make the right decision. I don't blame Everton for that. 'Protecting' is a big word, but they (referees) have to make the right decisions.”
Arsene Wenger urged his team to look up and comeback with a strong win against Fulham on Saturday.
“We are on a very strong run with a fantastic run so we do not want to complain too much about what didn't go for us,” Arsene Wenger said. “Let's look at ourselves, come back in the next game and win it.”