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Wenger lauds Ramsey in the clutch, says Alexis needs understanding

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger points as he watches his team play against Manchester City during their English Community Shield soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)


It took Arsenal a good deal of time to break through in a 2-1 opening day win over Crystal Palace, but it was little surprise to manager Arsene Wenger that it was Aaron Ramsey who gave the Gunners their stoppage time winner.

“It shows you there is no coincidence in scoring goals,” Wenger said. “He scores in important games.”

The French boss isn’t making it up. Here’s an incomplete list of teams Ramsey netted against last season: Borussia Dortmund, Marseille, Liverpool and Fenerbahce.

Wenger was a bit more measured in his answer to how he rated new star Alexis Sanchez’s first Premier League match, saying he knows it will take time for the Chilean to thrive with his teammates.

Wenger on Alexis: ‘Tactically he needs to improve his understanding with the players but overall I’m happy with his attitude.’ #AFCvCPFC

— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 16, 2014

The manager also said his main concern with subbed-off and sick Jack Wilshere is that his ankle continues to respond to treatment, and that Kieran Gibbs is also fighting an injury that is either hamstring- or achilles-related. Either ailment is the type that can keep a player out for a while.

Wenger also had a classic answer to his thoughts on Yaya Sanogo’s performance, saying he thought the young forward’s second half was “jaded”, which we can only assume means he’s been on a real Alice in Chains kick.

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