Arsene Wenger has spoken about Arsenal’s draw with West Ham United, and claimed that he thinks the Gunners came up against a team who were fresher than they were and who had more resources in terms of their defence.
Wenger noted that the Hammers had an extra day between games, and carried on with his theme of the season – moaning about how little time Arsenal have between games, and managing to get in a dig about their lack of squad players as well.
After the match, Wenger said: “There’s some draws which are frustrating, it’s one of them, yes.
“We had a lot of the ball. It was 10 against 10 in the final third, and we couldn’t find an opening. It was a little bit for the fact they defended very well.
“They are in a highly-defensive and focused phase at the moment. They did that against [Manchester] City, against Chelsea and did that tonight. We lacked maybe a little bit of sharpness as well in the final third. We had many different good opportunities.
“I think that’s where you see, maybe if they had played on Sunday and we had played on Saturday it might have been different on that front, because they had more physical resources to defend with a lot of decisiveness.”
Wenger might be moaning about Arsenal’s squad but he’s not the only manager who has been singing from that hymn sheet this Christmas, with Antonio Conte one of the other managers to make it clear he thinks his strength in depth isn’t enough to compete for the Premier League title while having to focus on the Champions League as well.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino also made that point, admitting he thinks his side will be more competitive in the second half of the season when their injured players are back and available to provide competition in the squad and options for him on the bench.