Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger addressed the media following his side’s 3-0 win over Watford at the Vicarage Road. Second half goals from Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey helped the Gunners easily brush aside the promoted side and maintain their position at 2nd in the league table.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Wenger praised Watford’s physical game and directness. The Frenchman also insisted that his side were able to capitalize on the drop in intensity of their opponents game in the second half. As quoted by the club’s official website, Wenger said:
“To beat Watford you have to be completely committed to the game. We faced a Watford team that was well organised and knew exactly what they wanted to do. They were very physical in the challenge and very strong in the challenges and very direct. These three things together, it took us a while to get on top of that. In the second half, the fatigue coming in, Watford came in less in the challenges and we got the ball quicker in transition and were much more dangerous. When we scored the first goal, I like the fact we continued to attack and got a convincing win.”
‘I could rest a little bit, Ozil and Sanchez’ – Arsene Wenger
The 65-year-old also hinted that both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could be rested for the crucial Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich.
“Maybe one or two I do not know yet. We will have to see how everybody recovers. I could rest a little bit Ozil and Sanchez and we have of course to put pace into this game and play against a big team.”
After a frantic first half in which both the teams failed to open the scoring, Arsenal FC finally took the lead through Alexis Sanchez in the 62nd minute. Nathan Ake fouled Mesut Ozil but the ball fell in the path of Alexis, who smashed in off the post.
Giroud then doubled Arsenal FC’s lead immediately after coming on. Aaron Ramsey’s shot took a deflection and Ozil pulled it back from the byline for Giroud to smash home. Aaron Ramsey’s deflected strike rolled past the goalkeeper after Hector Bellerin had burst into the box before pulling it back for the Welshman.
Arsenal FC next face Bayern Munich at home in the Champions League and the Gunners can’t afford to lose the game, having already lost their opening two matches, in Group F.