Wenger: Of course Arsenal team are still confident

Date published: Sunday 13th March 2016 6:38

Arsene Wenger Barcelona 2011

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side had enough chances to beat Watford in the FA Cup quarter-final at the Emirates on Sunday.

Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat was the first time they had lost in the competition in 37 months but Wenger thinks his side were good enough to beat Watford.

Second half goals from Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura put the Hornets in charge and a late Danny Welbeck consolation could not save Arsenal.

“This had nothing to do with confidence,” Wenger said. “Of course there is confidence in the team.

“The recent results haven’t shown that but we’ve played against good teams and the recent results were 2-2 at Tottenham with 10 men and a 4-0 win at Hull. I don’t see why we shouldn’t have any confidence.

“It was difficult to understand why we didn’t score, I want to watch it again.

“It is a typical cup game where a team comes and fights and takes their chances with us trying to score.

“Our long, long run in the FA Cup comes to an end and it is in a very sad way because I did not think we deserved to lose this game.

“We have to look at ourselves maybe on the first goal. The second goal was a fantastic shot and I felt it was a real cup game.

“We do not make enough of our possession in the final third. Watford is a team who is good on the break and they depend on Ighalo and Deeney. The defence kept with them and overall we did not give many chances away.”

Funnily enough, Daniel Storey doesn’t agree.

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