Wenger – I could have taken a lot of people off at halftime against Liverpool

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As Arsenal come to terms with the shambles of their game against Liverpool, Arsene Wenger has claimed he could have taken a lot of players off during the break.

Those who know Arsene Wenger know that he doesn’t make half-time substitutions. Even the treble substitution he made after 60 minutes was rare, indicative of how wrong the game was going and how Arsenal were showing no sign of getting back in to a game which was lost in the first 20 minutes.

Speaking after the game, Arsene assured fans that there was no physically problem with Jack Wilshere, who was just returning from an ankle injury, and that it was more down to the whole team failing to turn up rather than any injuries.

Wenger said

He [Wilshere] didn’t look more short than any other player on the pitch. At half-time I could have taken a lot of people off. I just think the whole team failed to turn up with the right performance.

Wenger also pointed to the fact that it was  not, as some claimed, the loss of Mathieu Flamini through suspension which was the problem, adding

Flamini played at Man City. I think overall it’s just our team performance on the day was poor.

Arsenal  have a chance to bounce back against Manchester United on Wednesday night and the one silver lining, if there is one to be found, is that the side has responded very to setbacks so far this season.

  • Abhijeet singh

    take off yourself for buying and not buying players

  • Nick

    Flamini’s absence was felt, Arteta just isn’t physical enough in a game like that. No subs would’ve helped the performance yesterday. We missed Theo’s pace and Flamini’s steel. We must bounce back emphatically against Manure on Wed or Feb will be a horrible month to be a Gunner.