Re: Wenger after game comments - Stoke
28 April, 2012 21:49
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Full Wenger comments from Stoke 1-1 Arsenal. â€śI donâ€™t think you can be especially proud to boo Aaron Ramseyâ€ť
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Arsene Wenger quotations from the press conference following Stoke 1-1 Arsenal. Please credit if taken for use elsewhere.
On the game:
It was a game where we have shown great character, great battling qualities. It was a game of two different approaches of the game: one very direct in the air and one tries to play on the ground, and both teams are very good at what they do. Thatâ€™s why I think it was still an interesting game, where we had good chances especially in the first half. In the second half I thought our fluency dropped a bit in midfield, we still had some chances, especially a penalty not given. But overall we deserved at least a point. I can only give credit to my players for their battling qualities and the way they responded to what Stoke offered us, [which is] what they always do â€“ full commitment, well organised, direct. And we do not always cope with it but today I feel we did.
Asked about the penalty:
It will go on the tape of all the penalties we have not been given this season. [Smiles]
Q. Stoke spent more than 11 minues on set pieces today [note: not sure where this comes from]. How do you feel about that?
You are used to it.
Q. Was it frustrating?
No, I was frustrated at times but that happens in every game, because I am completely in the game.
Asked about Stoke fans booing Ramsey:
I donâ€™t think you can be especially proud to boo Aaron Ramsey. I do not see what he has done wrong, in his behaviour; and thatâ€™s an old story where the fans of Stoke stand behind their player but it shouldnâ€™t go as far as booing Aaron Ramsey.
Asked about Newcastle dropping points and qualification battle for CL:
Well a good result we got, sure, is that Newcastle dropped points today. But for us itâ€™s important that we now win the next two games. Anything less will not do it.
Q. The team had a lot of chances but do you think they lacked sharpness at the end of build up play?
The first half we had the chances, youâ€™re right, we lacked something â€“ I call that belief, because recently we havenâ€™t scored so many goals, you know. We didnâ€™t score against Chelsea last week and maybe itâ€™s a big link with belief.
Q. Also I thought Chamakh did better than recently when he came onâ€¦
He did well, yes becauseâ€¦
Q. â€¦is he still definitely leaving at the end of the season?
Nothing is definite at the moment for the end of the season, you know. At the end of the season I think you will have big surprises because there will not be a lot of movement in football.
Q. The Stoke supporters seem to have an interesting relationship with youâ€¦
They have a relationship with me but I donâ€™t have one with them.
[Laughter all around]
I personally have enough experience to cope with that [abuse from the crowd] and it doesnâ€™t bother me too much.
Q. But Arsene some of the chanting was quite racist
I donâ€™t listen to what people chant and I just think that one day football will have to tackle that because itâ€™s easy to sit in the stand and insult people, you know
I donâ€™t know what they chanted and Iâ€™m not responsible. Everybody in life is responsible for what they say and what they do.
Q. [Journalist says that crowd were chanting â€śFrench @#$%&â€ť, asks if that isnâ€™t as bad as other racist chanting heard this season]
My response is that I ignore what people say, and I focus on what I love in my job. It is football I love, and the way my players behave on the pitch [is what Iâ€™m responsible for]. Iâ€™m not responsible for the way people behave in the stands. If you want to stop that, itâ€™s easy to stop â€“ but I cannot influence it. It goes on so much in England, Iâ€™ve been here for 15 years [laughs] and I can tell you that basically I donâ€™t here it.
Q. How is it easy to stop if thousands of people are doing it?
You can isolate every single face â€“ you know the thing I think sometimes when I leave the pitch at the end of the game and people insult you or are angry or hateful I just think: I would like a little picture [of you] and Iâ€™d send it [to your] home and you show it to your son or your daughter and then weâ€™ll see if you come back next week and do it again, see if they are proud of you. Thatâ€™s all you can do.
*Signing Ozil is a signing Bergkamp type moment for Arsenal. It changes things utterly.*