Search

Wenger hails ‘remarkable’ Chambers and gives his verdict on Sanchez after Arsenal beat Palace

20:43 16 August 2014

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action against Crystal Palace (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in action against Crystal Palace (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

2014 Getty Images

Arsene Wenger praised new signings Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez after Arsenal’s late 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.

Aaron Ramsey’s injury time strike won it for Arsenal, but they had to battle back from a goal down after Brede Hangeland put Palace ahead before Laurent Koscielny’s eqauliser.

Wenger was relieved to come away with three points against the Eagles - who were without a manager following Tony Pulis’ departure - and the Frenchman was pleased to start the Premier League campaign with a victory.

“The plan was to win the game but because of the physicality and the organisation level of Crystal Palace, it was very difficult for us,” Wenger said.

“We conceded a goal from the first corner they had and we still lack a bit of pace in the final third to change what we build up.

“But we kept going and in the end it was enough to win the game. We are the only team that has won at home so that shows you that it’s difficult for everybody on the first day of the season. We got the three points, let’s focus now on [the Champions League qualifier against] Besiktas.”

Arsenal’s starting line-up featured three new faces, and Wenger was particularly pleased with Chambers, who produced an assured display alongside Laurent Koscielny in central defence.

“I must say honestly we bought him as a right-back but in my opinion he could play centre back,” the Frenchman said.

“I tried it in pre-season and from game to game he becomes stronger. Today was a remarkable performance.”

Sanchez, meanwhile, cut a busy figure in attack and Wenger was pleased with the Chilean’s display.

“I’m very happy with his attitude because he kept fighting for 90 minutes even though he’s not completely ready physically.

“Tactically, he needs to improve his understanding with his partners, but he looked lively and dangerous until the end. I am happy with his overall attitude and performance.”

Wenger also praised match-winner Ramsey, saying: “There is no coinsidence in scoring goals. He turned up when you need to be in the box. He scored last Sunday [against Manchester City], and he scored today again at the very important moment of the game.”

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington Sports News

17:05

While most cricket fans inside Lord’s and beyond were entranced by the exciting spectacle that unfolded on Friday, there were also some voicing outrage.

16:43

Amy Broadhurst claimed her first gold medal since joining Islington BC as she triumphed at the Celtic Box Cup tournament in her native Ireland.

16:35

Goals from Sebastian Martinez and Ibrahima Sanchez earned London United a 2-0 victory over Shakespeare in their Hackney & Leyton Premier Division clash.

Mon, 13:03

With the Gunners’ previous league win against Chelsea coming nearly five years earlier, the omens did not look good ahead of Saturday’s London derby.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Middlesex hat-trick hero Toby Roland-Jones says the squad were always confident in their ability to become county champions this year.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Middlesex dethroned Yorkshire in a thrilling finish at Lord’s to win their first County Championship title since 1993.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Islington middleweight John Ryder believes a strong performance against Jack Arnfield this weekend could yet earn him a third shot at the British title.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Following their encouraging 4-1 victory at Hull, which prompted Betway to lengthen Arsenal’s price to win the league title to 14/1, the Gunners and Chelsea go head to head on Saturday evening in what promises to be another fast and furious contest.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now