Arsenal boss Wenger: International break comes at ‘bad time’ after Gunners show good response since Liverpool humiliation
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Arsene Wenger has praised his team for beating Brighton 2-0 at the Emirates on Sunday for showing a good response since their humiliating 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.
Wenger’s side have posted six wins and a draw since that horrible afternoon on Merseyside including a comfortable Sunday stroll against Brighton that has now moved them up to fifth place in the Premier League.
Goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi eased the Gunners to a victory that saw the first half intensity replaced by a more relaxed attitude in the second 45 minutes.
Speakin afterwards Wenger said: “I would say that our focus and our pace in the game was a bit ‘in-and-out’. We had good moments and moments where we lost our balls that we normally don’t lose.
“But we got what we wanted.
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“I knew that after the game at Liverpool everybody would write us off. But I knew it just depends on us. How much we respond. Nothing is permanent.
“You’re not bad in a permanent way if you can do something about it. And you’re not good in a permanent way if you don’t keep your urgency.
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“We responded in a united way [after the Liverpool defeat] and we put some wins together – and some good performances too.”
He also said that the forthcoming international break is coming at a bad time after the good run of form his team has put together.
“Our last international break was a nightmare’ he said. “We would have loved to have continued to play but we cannot do anything about that.
“Let’s hope the players come back in a good shape.”
Wenger added that Laurent Koscielny is not fit to play for France because of a slight achilles problem while Mesut Ozil has an inflammation of his knee, but that he expects both to be fit for selection after the international break.