Wenger hails Arse­nal

Arsene says Lu­do­gorets dis­play shows strength

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY OLAWALE KUPONIPE /

Arsene Wenger in­sists Arse­nal’s con­fi­dence has helped his side over­come the psy­cho­log­i­cal strug­gles from pre­vi­ous sea­sons af­ter they thrashed Lu­do­gorets 6-0 in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Me­sut Ozil stole the show with a sec­ond-half hat-trick af­ter Alexis Sanchez and in-form Theo Wal­cott put Arse­nal 2-0 up.

Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain also got on the score­sheet as the Gun­ners stretched their un­beaten run to 11 games in all com­pe­ti­tions, now with seven straight wins.

As one-sided as the score­line was, Arse­nal were put un­der pres­sure dur­ing the first half and af­ter edg­ing past Swansea last week­end, Wenger be­lieves his cur­rent crop of play­ers are bet­ter equipped to deal with tricky spells in the Premier League and Cham­pi­ons League than pre­vi­ous years.

“Yes, in this game a lot is linked with con­fi­dence,” Wenger said when asked if his side’s re­cent form is a sign of pro­gres­sion.

“I feel that at the mo­ment be­cause we win game af­ter game our con­fi­dence is high and maybe we get over these dodgy pe­ri­ods with less psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age. We have a good bal­ance in the team at the mo­ment. Maybe we make more of our chances be­cause the fi­nal ball is bet­ter.”

“Our fin­ish­ing is bet­ter but it’s dif­fi­cult to an­a­lyse at the mo­ment. But what is for sure, we score more goals and that’s what our game is about. We have a risky game so it is im­por­tant we take our chances,” he added. “In the first half, it looked like a dif­fi­cult game be­cause they were dan­ger­ous go­ing for­ward, they had good tech­nique in short space, they are quick on the counter at­tack.”

“I be­lieve it was not easy but in the sec­ond half we took com­plete con­trol of the game. I think we could have scored more.”

De­spite get­ting 19 as­sists in the Premier League last sea­son, many have ques­tioned the lack of goals to Ozil’s name but the Ger­man has an­swered his crit­ics with six goals in all com­pe­ti­tions this cam­paign and Wenger feels the 28-year-old has found the right bal­ance as a provider and scorer for the team.

“It looks like he has a taste to score goals,’ the Arse­nal boss added. “He’s get­ting in be­hind now. Be­fore he only liked to come for the ball and pro­vide. You want him to be a provider and a scorer and it looks like he’s slowly mov­ing to­wards that bet­ter bal­ance.”

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