The official website for European football

Joyous Wenger savours seven-goal salvo

Published: Tuesday 23 October 2007, 23.57CET
Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger called his side's display a "joy to watch" as they equalled the record UEFA Champions League victory against SK Slavia Praha.

Match statistics

ArsenalSlavia Praha

Goals scored7
 
0
Attempts on target11
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners4
 
2
Offsides8
 
2
Fouls committed9
 
10
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 23 October 2007, 23.57CET

Joyous Wenger savours seven-goal salvo

Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger called his side's display a "joy to watch" as they equalled the record UEFA Champions League victory against SK Slavia Praha.

Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger was full of enthusiasm as his young side equalled the record UEFA Champions League victory by putting seven goals past SK Slavia Praha without reply, saying the performance - that stretched their winning rule in all competitions to 12 games - was a "joy to watch". Beleaguered Slavia coach Karel Jarolím, in contrast, could not believe his side "would make it so easy" for their opponents as they slipped to their heaviest defeat in UEFA club competition.

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
I feel we showed tonight the team is improving. We played at a good tempo, were very creative and looked like we were enjoying what we were doing. We kept going, the players enjoyed it and it was a joy to watch. Maybe we overplayed a little bit in parts of the game but we played a mobile, technical game. Once Theo Walcott scored we saw him a lot more. I believe he has the talent – the problem is not to hurry him too much. He has intelligence and fantastic pace but we need to be patient. What is important tonight is to praise all the players who won the game. I still think there is more to come from the team as they are all very young players.

Karel Jarolím, Slavia coach
For the first goal we let [Cesc] Fabregas take the ball, and gave him time. In the second half we wanted to finish with pride by not conceding, perhaps even scoring a goal ourselves. But it was bad as we conceded many more goals. Arsenal are a very good team and have gone [22] matches without defeat. We knew what to expect from them before the game but I didn't expect we would make it so easy for them. We could see Theo Walcott is a very talented player, very fast, and we were not able to stop him.

Last updated: 24/10/07 15.48CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2008/matches/round=15105/match=301206/postmatch/quotes/index.html#joyous+wenger+savours+seven+goal+salvo

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.