Wednesday 14 November 2012

Wenger's View: 'Giroud has more self-belief now'

Wenger: 'Giroud has more self-belief now'

Dear Arsenal supporter,

It was frustrating on Saturday because we had the opportunities to win the game.

We were caught in a comfortable position because we did the most difficult thing - we scored the first two goals. But when it was 2-0 we lacked urgency defensively and we paid for that.

In the second half we gave everything and I have to give credit to the players for that. At 3-2 down we didn't give up, we continued to go forward and we had the chances to win the game.

Of course we had a penalty with the last kick of the match but I don't blame Mikel Arteta for not scoring. Missing penalties is part of the game. When it comes to penalties Arteta is No 1 on our list and Cazorla is second.

But I don't know if the penalty should have been given. I would only give them for deliberate handball and I don't believe it was on this occasion. For example, we conceded a penalty for handball at Manchester United, but Cazorla was just trying to protect himself.

There are positives from Saturday, of course. We showed that we can score goals again, and Olivier Giroud had a very good game. He had presence, he won the long balls, he is dangerous and he starts to have belief in what he is doing.

The negatives were to concede three goals at home, and the chances we gave away. Defensively it wasn't a memorable performance although you have to say that Fulham were good going forward. We were most guilty on their first goal - nobody jumped for the ball and it was easy for Berbatov to score.

We have had defensive problems and we just have to keep on working to make it right. We now have the international break and I pray that everybody comes back in good health.

Thanks for your support.

Arsène Wenger

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