Wenger amused by AVB analysis

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could afford to make light of Andre Villas-Boas' claims hinting that Tottenham did not deserve to lose 5-2 at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger of Arsenal

The Gunners managed to leapfrog Spurs in the table into sixth place with the thumping victory.

After the game, however, the Portuguese coach was upset to hear that some journalists felt that Spurs were the poorer side over the ninety minutes. He spoke animatedly and tried to direct the attention towards his side's continual attempts to score throughout the game. 

Emmanuel Adebayor turned from hero to zero in seven minutes, giving his side the lead with his 100th goal in English football before being sent off for a horrific tackle on Arsenal's Santi Cazorla.

Buoyed by their man-advantage, the Gunners took full toll - romping to a 3-1 lead before the interval with Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud all getting on the scoresheet. The excellent Cazorla extended the gap and even though Gareth Bale scored a second for Spurs, Theo Walcott's strike in the dying moments made the final scoreline a lopsided 5-2.

"Look, if our opponents are in control from the first to the last minute and we win 5-2, I don't mind too much," Wenger replied when informed of Villas-Boas' disgruntlement. 

"We have won games with 10 men, and lost games with 10 men.

"It changed certainly the game because Adebayor had a good start and was lively. But what do I make of it? It's not rose, it's not yellow, it's red."

Asked about his experience of managing Adebayor, Wenger added: "He's not especially hard to manage. He did control his reaction.

"Sometimes players have this kind of reaction when they are frustrated but this was not the case. He was flying. I thought he had a great start."

The Frenchman also believes that an agreement would be reached over a new contract for England international Walcott even though negotiations with the winger so far have not led to any resolution. 

"We haven't found an agreement yet but we will continue," Wenger explained.

"He certainly doesn't play like someone who wants to go. And I don't behave like somebody who wants him to go."

And when he was questioned on whether he would make Walcott an exception to the club's wage structure, Wenger added: "We have 25 exceptions in our squad. We go always to the maximum we can afford."

On the subject of his contract, Walcott told BBC Sport: "I'm just continuing to play my football and I'm letting Arsenal and my agents deal with all that side of the thing.

"I enjoy playing at this club, like I said before, and hopefully something can get sorted out."



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