Arsene Wenger praises team, fumes over Sanchez’s penalty kick
Arsenal eased to victory at 10-man Hull City on Saturday as Arsene Wenger’s side have won each of their last three Premier League games.
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The Gunners were 2-0 up and cruising at the start of the second after Alexis Sanchez’s opener (he also had a penalty kick saved) and Theo Walcott clipping home but Arsenal lost their way as Robert Snodgrass scored a 79th minute penalty kick to make things interesting. However, Arsenal then added two more goals in the final seven minutes with Sanchez getting his second of the day and Granit Xhaka adding a stoppage-time screamer.
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After two away games in four days following their 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night, Arsene Wenger was happy with the display when talking to the media after the game despite a late scare.
“I was very happy with the performance, 11 against 11 I think we started the game very well. After playing a very difficult game away from home in Paris Saint-Germain to play away again and win the game, you are happy, always after Champions League,” Wenger said. “I felt that we played in the last 20 minutes without too much purpose to score and when it came back to 2-1 you never know what can happen in the game.”
After 10 points from their opening five games of the season thanks to three-straight wins, Wenger was also asked about the experience of his team this season as they turned things round following a difficult opening day loss against Liverpool.
Wenger also commented on Sanchez’s penalty miss in the first half and could not understand why the Chilean was even taking the PK in the first place as Santi Cazorla scored a late penalty against Southampton last weekend and was on the pitch in the first half.
“Santi was down to take it, I don’t know why it did not happen, they have pecking order, it was not planned for Sanchez to take it,” Wenger said. “I want to know what happened and for it not to happen again. Overall anyone can miss a penalty, we have to accept that.”
Still, a great reaction in the last few weeks from Arsenal as there season is up and running and even though they’re already five points behind Manchester City who lead the way, the Gunners are showing signs that they have a strong, experienced squad who can negotiate two tough away games in a matter of a few days. That will come in handy in the weeks to come with games in the Champions League, PL and the EFL Cup coming thick and fast.