Published On: Sun, Nov 18th, 2012

Arsenal boss combats AVB “control” comments

A day after an explosive North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, managers of both clubs has their own views of their club’s performances.

Arsene Wenger has reacted to claims by Andre Villas-Boas that Spurs were in control of the North London derby yesterday with the Gunners.

Arsenal claimed a 5-2 victory over their neighbours despite conceding the first goal to Emmanuel Adebayor.

The former Arsenal striker was sent off moments after his opening goal for a dangerous challenge against Santi Cazorla and the Gunners took full advantage of the extra man.

Goals from Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Cazorla and Theo Walcott claimed all three points for Arsenal.


Gareth Bale scored a consolation goal for the Lilywhites and Villas-Boas believes that his side controlled most of the game.

“We were very, very good from the first minute to the last with 11 men and with 10 men,” said Villas-Boas.

“We feel it could have gone either way. We were in control from the first minute to the last, we’re proud of what we have done.

“The feeling about the result is indifferent when we played so well and we took the risk in the second half to be so bold and play with three at the back.”

However, Wenger has combatted such comments stating he was happy to be out of control of the game but still score five goals.

“If our opponents are in control from the first to the last minute and we win 5-2 I don’t mind too much,” quipped the Arsenal boss.

“Tottenham made a good start, we were a bit nervous and they scored a goal where we made an adjustment. The turning point was the sending off. We came back and got what we wanted. It’s not always easy to win against 10 men.”

Source: Daily Mail





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