Search

Wenger questions Arsenal’s mental approach & hints at arrogance problems after Saints draw

22:17 01 January 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the Capital One Cup quarter final defeat to Bradford. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the Capital One Cup quarter final defeat to Bradford. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

PA Wire

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was clearly irritated by his side’s attitude in the 1-1 draw at Southampton and blamed their mental approach tonight, saying there was a lack of “sharpness”.

The Gunners started 2013 with a whimper on the south coast, rarely threatening in a game the relegation-threatened hosts looked more likely to win.

Gaston Ramirez opened the scoring for Saints after 34 minutes but Guly do Prado’s own goal seven minutes later saw Arsenal secure a draw.

“It is nothing to do with physical side,” he said.

“Maybe we thought we scored seven against Newcastle, we thought we would score again today, we scored five at Reading, we would score again today.

“A game of that magnitude we had to play today against a Southampton side that was really highly determined.

“I felt that we lacked purpose in our game and it was more mental than physical.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 18:18
Sam Webber hit 34 off 27 balls but North Middlesex were defeated. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex were left regretting their failure to maintain the pressure with bat and ball as they lost to Richmond by 54 runs in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Friday, June 26, 2015
Somerset's Jim Allenby

John Simpson struck another career-best innings in a losing cause as Middlesex plunged to Twenty20 defeat against Somerset – their fifth in a row.

Friday, June 26, 2015
John Simpson, Middlesex

John Simpson sees his long-term future as a top-order batsman following his recent promotion to no 4 in Middlesex’s limited-overs line-up.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Bob Wilson

Former Arsenal players will take on a celebrity team to raise funds for Bob Wilson’s Willow Foundation charity on Sunday July 5.

Most read sport

Competitions

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder