Wenger in awe of team goal

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's superb opening goal against Norwich will be watched and marvelled at around the world.

Last Updated: 20/10/13 at 10:03 Post Comment

Wilshere: Hugs Giroud after outstanding opening goal

Wilshere: Hugs Giroud after outstanding opening goal

The Gunners beat Norwich 4-1 at Emirates Stadium on Saturday to take a two-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table.

Mesut Ozil scored twice, while Aaron Ramsey also found the net after coming off the bench at the end of the first half.

But it was Arsenal's first goal of the afternoon, scored by Jack Wilshere after 18 minutes, that had Wenger really cooing.

First Santi Cazorla pulled the ball back out to Wilshere, who played a quick pass into Olivier Giroud. His return pass was then flicked straight back by the England man, and in turn touched forwards by the France striker into Wilshere's path as he carried onto to the six-yard box before clipping a low first-time shot past John Ruddy.

"We scored a fantastic first goal," said Wenger. "It's a combination of skill, speed of reaction, and coolness in front of goal. I think it will travel a lot and be seen by many people.

"It was one of the best I've seen, a mixture of technical quality and quick thinking. All the goals were great, but the first was exceptional."

Despite the emphatic-looking scoreline, Wenger saluted Norwich and admitted they were the better team for the middle third of the 90 minutes.

"We had periods where we were absolutely outstanding, but periods where we suffered as well because Norwich were good," he added. "They worked very hard and are a good side.

"We took advantage of them getting tired in the last 20 minutes in a very clinical way, and their goalkeeper made some fantastic saves. Overall, you have to give credit to Norwich as well because they made it difficult for us. They always closed down everywhere on the pitch. That was difficult for them to maintain, but I think they disrupted our game."

Ramsey may have been dropped in favour of Cazorla, but he responded with another scintillating display when introduced for the injured Mathieu Flamini.

Wenger is impressed with the Welshman's composure, and also noted: "He looks more powerful as well - he's at an age when you really become a man.

"He is calmer in the box because he's scored goals before and he knows now how to respond to that. Overall, he's developing very well into a top player."

Wenger explained Flamini was suffering from concussion and double-vision after a collision with Alex Tettey and was taken off under the club doctor's advice.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Marcos Rojo says Angel Di Maria is most talented Man Utd player

Marcos Rojo believes Angel Di Maria is the most talented player at Manchester United and has backed him to show that this season.

Barcelona beat Man City in race to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba

Barcelona have reportedly agreed a £64million deal with Juventus to sign Paul Pogba - with the deal scheduled to go through in the summer of 2016.

Turan future decision due

Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan, who has stated his desire to play in England, will make a decision on his future this week, according to his agent.

Mail Box

Arsenal Only Need Two More (As Ever)

One Chelsea fan still doesn't see Arsenal as title contenders, plus we have thoughts on Petr Cech, Sergio Ramos, Heurelho Gomes, Paulinho and Arsenal Denilson...

Cech To Arsenal Has Been On The Cards For Years

We have happy Arsenal fans regarding their new goalkeeper, plus thoughts on Jose vs Arsene, transfer bulls**t, like-for-like Liverpool, WWC and population pedantry...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company