Perhaps more interesting, indeed certainly more interesting, are the comments from Mr Wenger after the game.
“I would just remind you that we won a championship without losing a game,” he said. “Nobody else has done that.”
That is relevant because not one single team has achieved eight consecutive wins in the PL league games before us this season. In fact Mr Wenger then challenged the squad to complete the season undefeated. Which is one of those things he does – like when he said we could go the whole season undefeated – and we lost the next game. But did it the next season.
“I always hope the best of my team but, if he is serious, no manager in the world can predict a run like that,” he said.
Anyway people are still doing lots of talking about Thierry Henry and his commentary that Coquelin was like “Columbo”, policing things that other found it hard to police. “Coquelin contributes to the balance of the team,” Mr Wenger added. “We have a better balance.”
Of course people will ask why it is that it has taken so long to find another Invisible Wall, but to be fair, there are not that many of them around. But when we get one, let’s hold on to him. We’ve only lost once with Coquelin in the side this season.
Of the Burnley match, Mr Wenger said, “You cannot always win 3-1 or 4-1 or 5-1. You have to be capable of winning 1-0 as well. We know we can play with sharpness and fluency but today was a bit more scrappy, more fighting, more combative and we can produce that side as well.”
And here is something that has started popping up: Man of the match Francis Coquelin (Arsenal). Well well.
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