Wenger lauds Arsenal’s resilience after Paris revival

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Arsene Wenger hails Arsenal’s resilience after they recovered from a dreadful start to draw 1-1 at Paris St Germain in their Champions League Group A opener

Wenger lauds Arsenal’s resilience after Paris revival

SHOWS: PARIS, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 13, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER WALKS IN TO PRESS CONFERENCE

2. PRESS

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER SAYING:

“In the first half our midfield played a bit too far from (Alexis) Sanchez, second half we played high up and straight away after the kick off in the second half you could see that we have a good chance to come back, which we did.

“I think we have experience in the Champions League, we were resilient and overall we got a good point.”

4. PRESS CONFERENCE

5. JOURNALIST

6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER SAYING:

“When you start so badly against a team of that quality, if you have no experience, if you are too young, you can be caught. I felt that we didn’t panic and overall we were resilient enough and the resilience is linked with experience.

“I told the players at half time if you keep playing we could come back, because you could see if we had better possession we could score goals.”

7. CAMERA

8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER SAYING:

“The ball was on the other side, I didn’t see what happened. I felt the first yellow card was very harsh already, it was not even a foul, and the second he (Olivier Giroud) tells me he has done nothing at all. And Olivier is honest so I believe him, and (Marco) Verratti told me as well he has done nothing, so I said look go together to the referee and tell him you did nothing.”

9. WENGER LEAVES PRESS CONFERENCE

10. UNAI EMERY, PSG COACH ARRIVING AT PRESS CONFERENCE

11. (SOUNDBITE) (French) UNAI EMERY, PSG COACH SAYING:

“I feel satisfied with the result of the match but especially about how we played tonight. I think we are on the path…the team has the spirit and the way we played is good sign for the future.”

12. JOURNALISTS

13. (SOUNDBITE) (French) UNAI EMERY, PSG COACH SAYING:

“But building a team, creating a team takes time. I think we played good enough so that we can mark it as a reference match and start to build the identity of the team. Of course we need to make some progress … Criticism is important, I am aware of it as we could have won the game. In the future we have to play like we played today but we must take benefit of all opportunities. So again, we need to make some progress.”

14. JOURNALIST TYPING

15. EMERY LEAVES PRESS CONFERENCE

STORY: Manager Arsene Wenger hailed Arsenal’s resilience after they recovered from a dreadful start to draw 1-1 at Paris St Germain in their Champions League Group A opener on Tuesday (September 13).

Edinson Cavani netted for PSG after 44 seconds and had the Uruguay striker not been wasteful in front of goal, the home team would have finished the Londoners off before the break.

Arsenal improved as the game went on and equalised with one of their few chances when Alexis Sanchez fired home 13 minutes from time.

“In the first half our midfield played a bit too far from (Alexis) Sanchez, second half we played high up and straight away after the kick off in the second half you could see that we have a good chance to come back, which we did,” Wenger told reporters.

“I think we have experience in the Champions League, we were resilient and overall we got a good point.

“When you start so badly against a team of that quality, if you have no experience, if you are too young, you can be caught. I felt that we didn’t panic and overall we were resilient enough and the resilience is linked with experience.

“I told the players at half time if you keep playing we could come back, because you could see if we had better possession we could score goals.”

Wenger said he did not see the incident which resulted in the sending off of Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and PSG’s Marco Verratti.

“I didn’t see what happened. I felt the first yellow card was very harsh already, it was not even a foul, and the second he (Olivier Giroud) tells me he has done nothing at all. And Olivier is honest so I believe him, and (Marco) Verratti told me as well he has done nothing, so I said look go together to the referee and tell him you did nothing.”

PSG coach Unai Emery, who has had a tough start since taking over from Laurent Blanc in the close season, was satisfied with him players.

“I feel satisfied with the result of the match but especially about how we played tonight. I think we are on the path…the team has the spirit and the way we played is good sign for the future,” Emery said.

PSG took one point from their previous two Ligue 1 games but looked better against Arsenal.

“Creating a team takes time. I think we played good enough so that we can mark it as a reference match and start to build the identity of the team,” Emery said.

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