Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was ‘not nervous’ at half-time against Everton on Saturday, although many Gooners were surely struggling to keep themselves together after witnessing a first-half where Arsenal huffed and puffed without managing to blow the Toffees house down.
After Leon Osman’s early opener, it appeared as though the Gunners were once again in danger of dropping vital points against one of the weaker teams in the Premier League this season. Defeats against Fulham and Hull have already deprived them of the flying start they had hoped for, and The Press Association reports that Wenger has hailed the mental strength and personality of the team after their second-half fightback.
“We showed personality and mental strength – and that will be important for the rest of the season,” said Wenger. “I was not nervous at half-time because I had confidence and belief we would change the game.
“Everton had a good start, but in the last 20 minutes of the first half we were on top,” he added.
“Theo came on and did very well, he had impact in the game, but the whole team played very well and it was a good test for the team.
“We played our season. We could not afford to drop points and the way we responded was vital.”
Indeed, a failure to get anything from this match would have seen Arsenal trailing Chelsea and Liverpool by seven points. While the latter have every chance of wobbling, the Blues don’t look like dropping many points at the moment, but do Gunners supporters think they really have what it takes to land the title this season?