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Coach Wenger on Arsenal possibly thinking of FA Cup title

February 15, 2015 by  
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FA Cup 5th round -Arsenal 2-0 Middlesborough

Coach Wenger reacts:

On the victory…
We controlled the game from the first to the last minute. They had one chance at the end from a header, but overall I’m pleased with the way we attacked, the way we defended and with the way we played together with a good focus for 90 minutes. That’s basically it.

on Olivier Giroud’s goals…
The first goal is what we try to do in our game and our build-up. The second goal shows that the game belongs to the players as well because it’s a consequence of two players who respond quickly to a situation, analyse it quickly and do what they want to do well. That’s basically what it was. It’s a consequence of intelligence and technique.

on Alexis Sanchez…
He had a good performance. I think he became stronger as the game went on but because I took a gamble with him, I took him off with 20 minutes to go. He needed the game as well.

on whether Alexis put pressure on to play…
He always wants to play. Everybody’s like that but he’s a bit more like that.

on whether Alexis is more himself now…
Yes. He didn’t miss too many games and what was important for him was to get through the game without injury.

on Gabriel…
It was interesting to observe Gabriel today because he played his first game in a cup game that we absolutely had to win. He has shown three important qualities – great concentration levels, great urgency to defend and good pace, especially on the recovery tackle he made in the box. On the other hand, he played a little bit with the handbrake on because he did not want to make a mistake. From what I’ve seen there’s a lot to come from him because technically he is good at passing as well.

on playing with freedom going forward…
The first thing that goes with confidence is the spontaneous activity in the game. Even if you are confident without the technical quality of Ozil and Cazorla, you can go together on the pitch. Even if you are confident I’m not sure you can repeat what they can do.

on whether this is the most open FA Cup…
Maybe the highest number of teams in the Premier League have gone out but we still have some big teams in there. Let’s wait for the draw.

on how seriously Arsenal are taking the FA Cup…
We have a week now to prepare for the Crystal Palace game and I did rotate today as well. I changed two defenders from our last game. It shows that everybody’s focused and has the quality to compete for places in the team. At the moment, in every single position, we have two very good players.

on nine home wins in a row…
It’s important that you play well at home because we have plenty of home games in the Premier League. It’s important that we feel strong at home because we have some tough opponents here. We still have to play Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton at the Emirates and those will be very important games for us.

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