Wenger Full Press Conference Post-Brighton Win

Wenger admitted Arsenal were slow out of the blocks against a Brighton side who played some good football, and it was vital that the job was done without needing a replay.

“We had a little bit a slow start, they were sharper than us in the first half but in the second we were much more in the game and created chances.

“Overall they play a game that is a very positive, technical game. They had a great spirit today. Especially on the right flank they gave us many problems.

“In the end we got that little bit of extra quality that got us through. We did our job.”

Although many fans, myself included, will feel Santos was the cause of the problems on the right flank rather than their ‘technical game’.

On Giroud, Wenger said it was “[good] for his confidence, he’s scored 4 goals this week. He has a presence in the box, he is dangerous, and his physical presence was very important today.

When asked whether he wanted to bring a new striker, Wenger was cautious with his wording but didn’t rule it out.

“Quality wise, no [we don’t need a new striker]. Number wise, we could be a bit short maybe.

“You do not find them in the street, the strikers who can play for us and strengthen our team. It is difficult in January.

“No [we haven’t made an offer or formal enquiry for Fiorentina’s Jovetic].

“No [we don’t intend to in the next few days].

Next he was questioned on his decision on his starting selection and whether he felt it was a risk that hadn’t paid off with 30 minutes left.

“Yes of course that’s a gamble that you take, you know it can back fire but I left a few out, for example, Cazorla today completely, but it was for medical reasons. He couldn’t play and it was very risky to play him. Jack a little bit too protect his ankle.

“Yes it was [a brave move], but you can not as well with the number of games we play, play only with the same 11 in every single game.

“You have to rotate knowing that if it doesn’t work you will be of course accused of having made the wrong decision.”

Finally Wenger was asked whether he was more optimistic on signing a midfielder than a striker.

“I cannot tell you that. In this kind of job it’s realism that is very important, at the moment honestly, realistically, I cannot promise you that I will sign any player tomorrow, or Tuesday or Sunday, because we are not close to do it.”

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