“If we produce our performances we want at home“.
It has been a 16-year wait, but it was worth it in the end as Dinamo Zagreb celebrated their first UEFA Champions League group win since 29 September 1999.
“It is more the global programme we have to absorb in the next three weeks, rather than one game“, Wenger said.
“We were not at our best, but nor was the referee.The first yellow is Giroud’s fault because he protested, even if it was not a foul against him“.
“I still expect them to get out the group, obviously in second”.
“We have for a part to look at ourselves also, because the second goal kills our game”. We have had problems starting in every competition this season.
Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Community Shield but Arsene Wenger has yet to beat Jose Mourinho in a competitive fixture and hoped to take advantage of a poor start by the Barclays Premier League champions.
Dinamo capitalised on 58 minutes as Fernandes headed home a Paulo Machado corner at the near post as Arsenal’s defence went walkabout.
“The second, he is unlucky to touch the guy”.
Arsenal started strongly but Olivier Giroud missed early chances – and then got sent off after 40 minutes.
Wenger had seen enough, and soon made a treble substitution as Walcott, who once scored a hat-trick for England here, Francis Coquelin and Joel Campbell all came on.
The Emirates Stadium outfit were surprisingly beaten by Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League in midweek, with the Frenchman criticised for resting a host of key players.
However, the 23-year-old (surprisingly, he is still that young) says there is one thing that can make him and other Arsenal fans happy again: a win against Chelsea on Saturday.
“It’s all about the team winning”. The second goal was owing to some lacklustre defending from a set-piece and the Gunners were lucky not to be further behind as they failed to hold fort at the back for a major part of the game.