Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended his side's style of play in the face of recent criticism, insisting they have been a victim of their "generous attitude".
came under fire after his men were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United on
Saturday, with Louis van Gaal's men playing on the counter-attack and
exploiting the Gunners' desire to attack in large numbers.
been a familiar problem for Wenger in recent years, but after
overseeing the 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday he showed
no signs that he was about to change his outlook, suggesting there were
similarities between the two Champions League win and the Premier League
"We had a good start and I believe overall it was a very
intense game between two very good teams," he told reporters. "We were
highly focused to defend well together from the first to the last
minute. We always looked dangerous and defensively we were very good.
"We were more under pressure because we felt on Saturday we played well but we were a victim of our generous attitude.
had a similar game to Saturday, we had to focus really well not to give
any chances away and overall it was a committed game and maybe we were
defensively better tonight.
"We are a team who likes to go
forward and sometimes when you feel you dominate completely the game you
are maybe a victim of that, and forget to take precautions to defend
well, but I think you learn from the games and we have done a lot better
Wenger has now guided Arsenal to the knockout stages
of the Champions League in each of the last 15 seasons, but hinted that
although things could be worse, he knows it is not quite good enough.
think when you work in a football club you realise it’s not easy to
have continuity and be consistent," he added. "I’m very proud of that
and I think the club deserves a lot of credit. It’s not enough but we