Towards the end of last week I watched an interview with Arsene Wenger for Barclay’s Premier league world. It was his first interview since the season ended and one that held his opinion on our season and also he was finally going to lift the lid on transfer talks regarding Robin Van Persie.
Wenger on: This season
Arsene was asked about his opinion on Arsenal’s season. He said that this was the season that “caused him sleepless nights”. He thought we were “consistent throughout the season and that we actually done quite well considering the start we had”. He conceded that the 8-2 defeat against Man United was a breaking point for team. “The morale amongst them was very low” and he wasn’t sure how long it would take to get the team to recover from the psychological effect that game had on them. He knew he had a big job to repair the damage from that game but he knew it was repairable. He went on to say that the winning the Tottenham game was the late start to the season for Arsenal but it was the game that regained their confidence and their team spirit. Arsene’s key word for this season was consistency,and that Arsenal’s motivation and dedication provided the necessary consistency to get to the top 3.
Wenger on: the return of Thierry Henry
Henry came to ask Arsene if he can come and do a few things at Arsenal and after watching him train, Wenger decided that “he was not finished” and that’s when he decided to sign him up on loan. Henry brought a lot of positivity with him.
Wenger on: Robin Van Persie
Wenger praised Robin Van Persie for the season he has had. He is very happy that he won PFA player of the year award. He says “when you think about Robin Van Persie from the player who was on the bench at Feyenoord to the player he is now, it is remarkable”. He never misses a training session or a game. “I believed in him as a main striker, his intentions around the box and also the incredible finish he has”
Regarding the transfer furore surrounding Van Persie Wenger say “I am confident that you will see Robin van Persie next year in the Barclay’s Premier league and I am very confident that you will see him in red and white” Which indicates that he think he will stay.
I think it was a very refreshing and honest interview from Wenger. I might not agree with certain parts of it but I think he was honest about what went on in regards to the team at the start of the season. I hope that he is right about Van Persie, I did actually feel a little relieved but I also remember when he said that about Fabregas