Date: 19th September 2016 at 4:19pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger was obviously a pleased man at the full time whistle in the weekend’s game against Hull City.

Making the trip to the KCOM Stadium for the game, a good performance saw Arsenal take the gme four one with goals coming from an Alexis Sanchez brace, and further goals from Theo Walcott and Granit Xhaka.

With plenty of positives that could be taken from the game, Wenger as he spoke to the Official Site in his post game press conference, covered a fair few subjects.

‘I think overall we had a convincing performance in two different situations. 11 against 11, I thought we played well. When you play 11 against 10, it is, of course, not the same mentally and psychologically. But we remained serious and in the end we won the game in a convincing way, I would say overall. But we had a very difficult game against Southampton last week, then went away to Paris Saint-Germain. It’s an away game, so you are happy with the three points.’

With Alexis taking the penalty on the day instead of Cazorla, he explained.

‘I have to check that but I think Santi was ahead on the list. We have three players and maybe he didn’t want to take it? Did he tell Alexis to take it? I don’t know.’

And his reaction to the penalty.

‘Look, ideally you want, as a manager, all the things to happen in the order you decided. We don’t live in an ideal world in our game and, on the other hand, everybody has missed penalties, Santi as well. We have to accept that, that you can miss a penalty. The keeper made a good save, he didn’t mishit it. That’s part of the game.’

Asked to reflect on the start to the season so far, he said.

‘Look, we had a big shock in our first game and I said straight away after that first game that we face a mental test to see how well we respond. We went away to Leicester and to Watford straightaway. So overall I think we responded well. We were not ready physically at the start of the season, we are now much better so let’s hope we can continue our improvement.’

With Alex Iwobi’s showing on the day, he obviously came in for praise from the manager after helping to set up the opening two goals.

‘Yes, he had a good performance, and you want him to improve. He is 20 years old, and I think he has talent, he has ambition, he has a big passion for the game and until now he has humility. We have to take care that he keeps that quality, because it`s an important one. But he has gained confidence and power. I believe as well he has a good combination between quick passing, picking players out and running with the ball. He gets that balance right, until now, and that`s not easy.’

Going back to the game, he also credited the side for seeing out the period where Hull had a late rally.

‘You are always concerned. Physically, and maybe technically, it`s easier to play 11 against 10, but mentally it`s more difficult. You wonder how serious and how focussed your team can remain. Especially when the fatigue starts to come in and you are already leading. That was our test today.’

Theo Walcott also came in for praise, but Wenger was quick to point out he wasn’t at 100% yet.

‘He’s getting slowly there. He is not completely ready physically but today I felt in the second half he was much better than the first. He has interesting qualities for us. He goes behind, many players like to come to the ball and he’s one of the players who is very dangerous for the quality of his runs and his receptions. I think today in the first half he was influential on the ball. He scored one as well, so he’s efficient and that’s what you want.’

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