Sunday, March 22, 2009
Arshavin on why Martins missed the penalty and Wenger’s prediction Newcastle will tire
Andrey Arshavin has been speaking about his second game on the road for Arsenal which was also victorious (the first was West Brom).
He conceded that Newcastle came out of the blocks running which was something that Arsene Wenger warned them about.
“The first 25-30 minutes they gave us a hard time. Arsene Wenger warned us that this will happen by showing us the video of their last game where from the first minute they went into battle (mode).
Arshavin and his team mates were however told by Wenger that this onslaught will eventually peter out as Newcastle will get tired. And indeed this is what happened.
“The coach stressed that we must endure their onslaught at the beginning and then the time will come when they get tired. It will then be easier to play. And that has actually happened in this game” Arshavin said.
Newcastle’s positive approach right from the off almost paid dividends but the penalty kick by Martins was saved by Almunia.
“The penalty was a good opportunity to open their account. But I thought Martins was scared of our goalie, who saved the penalty”
This added to our confidence and in the second half when they tired our class and skill showed through” he said.