Belfast Telegraph

Wenger sees the positives

Arsene Wenger is not concerned by Arsenal's latest defensive shortcomings and instead hailed the positive impact of summer signing Gervinho after his team blew a two-goal lead against Boca Juniors in the Emirates Cup.

Gervinho impressed to set up Robin van Persie for the opening goal before Aaron Ramsey doubled the lead. However the Gunners once again hit the self-destruct button at the back as mistakes from Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou were punished when the Argentinian side struck twice in four minutes through Lucas Viatri and Pablo Mouche.

"You never want to concede goals, but overall I do not give too much importance to that," Wenger told a post-match news conference. "What is important for us it to find a collective rhythm. When we could we managed to play at a good pace for 60 minutes, after it was much more difficult."

Wenger added: "Gervinho is a good addition to our squad.

"He is very interesting because he gives us options on both sides and through the middle, and can integrate well with our team.

"We have some improvements to make in some areas, especially the way we win the ball back, on set-pieces we were not convincing today, but overall it was quite positive."

The Arsenal manager also confirmed striker Nicklas Bendtner and Emmanuel Eboue, who was a second-half substitute, are both on the verge of moves away, although would not confirm the reported destinations of Sporting Lisbon and Galatasaray.


From Belfast Telegraph