Date: 22nd August 2016 at 10:55am
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Manager Arsene Wenger knew how important a clean sheet was in Saturday’s trip to the King Power Stadium to face reigning Premier League Champions Leicester City, but he felt the side could’ve taken more than a point from the clash.

Playing out a scoreless draw, Arsenal had the bettr of everything on the day other than the foul count and the goal count, and with four chances on target compared to the hosts’ one, Wenger told the Official Site that he knew we should’ve got the goal on the day as that would’ve been enough for all three points.

‘We could have got more out of that but maybe we could`ve lost it in the last five minutes. Overall it was a game where we had the chances and I think overall it was a game of intensity, of quality. They were very direct, of course, as we know and we needed to have the courage to play without making mistakes at the back and giving them chances on the counter-attack. That`s what the game was about, it was a fight until the end. You could see that Leicester had some mental qualities that explained why they were champions last year.’

With four chances on target, Wenger was disappointed that we didn’t create greater clear cut chances, but with four he would expect one to nestle in the net.

‘If you watch the game again I think we did have clear chances in this game. In the first half in the last 20 minutes we had good opportunities. I believe the chances were there. We still lacked a little bit of speed of decision, a decisive mind and a decisive ball in the final third but it`s an up already from our last game at home.’

Obviously transfer criticism came up in his post game press interviews, and Wenger was again trying to be philosophical on the subject of it’s not what you spend, it’s how you spend it.

‘It doesn`t cost a lot of money, that. Why do you say I`m reluctant, I don`t understand that? If I buy you tomorrow for £45m that means I`ve bought you for £45m, have I done well? Yes, if I listen to you, I will have done well because I spent the money. That is not a quality, buying a top player, that is different – and we are ready to do that. I spend £300m if I find the player and if I have the £300m. Not to forget as well that we are a club who has 600 employees who we need to have a responsible attitude for as well. It`s a bit surprising that you come out of football games and you don`t speak about football, you have to speak about money. I believe that you have to respect the players who play, the performance that has been done today by those teams and if you find players who can strengthen our team, then we are not reluctant to spend the money.’

He added.

‘Look, we are a whole team working on strengthening the team. I am not the only one and unfortunately nobody speaks about the performance of Rob Holding today. You should be happy, he`s English, he`s 20 years old, but I am sorry, he did not cost £55m so he cannot be good and that is for me what is most disappointing for me. You don`t speak about the performances of the players anymore, you just speak about money. Anything else than football. I believe that it`s not right.’

Having mentioned the performance of Holding once more, he said of the youngster.

‘I believe he had an outstanding performance for a young boy who has never played in the Premier League and played against top strikers today. So I can only reiterate that I am happy to speak about him because it`s good for English football that a young boy gets a chance in a big club in England and shows that he will be a quality player.’

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