as reported by arsenal.com,
All three substitutes made an impact, bringing on Andy was inspired… I thought all three subs played really well when they came on but I have to say, I didn’t think we’d need them because I thought we had played well enough to be in front. Wear them down, get the goals late on but the game changed when they got the goal. Pleased with the teams performance, I thought we played well. With just five days training, for Andy Carroll to score a goal like that… He’s been training since we were away in Miami so he has had a couple of weeks of running. I don’t know where we are going to get with him with the short length of time, I don’t know about 90 minutes but if we can continue to get him off the bench for 20 or 30 minuets when required it will be more than handy, as it showed tonight. What did you make of the three disallowed goals? I have not seen the last one which I think is the most dubious one of them all but I did see the one that Marko was in line with and I think they got them right. Read More
Last week we were talking about Joe Hart after the Chelsea game then tonight, that happens… Well he had two similar shots in the first half, Stoke had a couple of shots and he took them comfortably in his midriff so it was surprise that it spilled out. Look, if you’re a goalkeeper it is going to happen. For a team for us at the time it was difficult because it meant we had to go and look to change when we were dominant for most of the game.
Joe Hart takes a goal kick
Seven points above safety it’s still a good gap Yeah, I think the points we have taken in recent weeks have been really important – the win against Southampton, the point at Chelsea. I think the important thing was to make sure we didn’t lose tonight and I thought the commitment from the players, energy, to make sure that didn’t happen showed late on but their play throughout with the ball was one of the better performances I have seen since I have been here. *Silence* Some of you are surprised by that? Read More
How far is Manuel Lanzini away from being fully fit? He’s another one I think is not just quite there. Manu played international games but done his medial ligament, his is more of an injury doubt. Andy is different, it was to do with his level of fitness. Manu’s fitness is OK, it’s just to see if his knee is OK and I think he is getting there, it’s mroe time than anything.
Andy Carroll celebrates his late leveller against Stoke
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Three more points just to be sure of survival? I think if you get to 40 you’re going to be close, the target has always got to be that. If we get 40 then it’s a big ask for the teams below to get it. Will you let Joe just get on with it, stew over the mistake? He doesn’t need to. I said last week fate he made fantastic saves at Chelsea “well done” and I didn’t go over the top because I expect him to do that. Just like tonight, I’ll tell him “you should have done better.” Keep up to date with the latest news, features and exclusive from football.london via the free football.london app for iPhone and Android. Available to download from the App Store and Google Play………