Preston v Arsenal line-ups: Teams confirmed for FA Cup clash
Jan 08 2017
Arsenal bossed the second half, but its frustrations endured until late.
"We stopped them playing and got on the front foot".
"Preston played with enthusiasm and quality in the first half, they were quicker than us all over".
It's been a insane few months for the Galway man, who was part of the first Irish team to reach the Champions League play-offs and the first team from this little island to win a group game in a major European competition.
The rest of the key chances in the first half fell Preston's way, as David Ospina saved well from Ben Pearson before Robinson had a goal disallowed. "The only positive in the first half was we were only 1-0 down".
I'm going for a 2-0 away win, although should we bring both Lucas Perez and Danny Welbeck on from the bench in the second half, they may well steal the show and dominate a tiring PNE defence.
"One of his qualities is to get into risky situations and sometimes he lost a bit of confidence to finish but I'm happy this will give him confidence to get many more", said Wenger, who also confirmed right-back Hector Bellerin had picked up an injury in training on Friday.
Ramsey's goal - a fine effort from the edge of the box - was his first of the season and he echoed the sentiments of his team-mate in expressing surprise at Preston's performance. Maybe subconsciously we thought that it would be easier and at half time we knew we could have been out. "He went through a period when he was in discomfort as he didn't play and during this period, which was quite long, he kept his focus and worked hard".
As has become its custom, Arsenal turned it around in the second half.
Asked if he was angry, Wenger said: "Yes, at half-time".
"One more time we've shown a very strong team character, but we want to start better the games", Giroud added. Here's five thing we learned from the 2-1 victory. Still, Preston deserved a bigger lead for its overwhelming superiority in creating chances.