Wenger: Saints are as good as City

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ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger has claimed that free-scoring Manchester City are no better than Saints.

The Frenchman made the claim after City had hammered the Gunners 6-3 yesterday to take their Etihad Stadium league goals tally to a staggering 35 in eight games.

City's victory, which maintained their 100 per cent home record in some style, is certain to see their status as title favourites strengthened.

But Wenger did not agree.

He said: "They are one of the teams to beat, but not more than any of the other ones we have played until now.

"We have played Everton, who were as good as City, and Southampton, who were as good as City."

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2:04pm Sun 15 Dec 13

circa 66 saint says...

Actually thought we were better than city
Actually thought we were better than city circa 66 saint

2:05pm Sun 15 Dec 13

gr8saint says...

Took people long enough to realise it though!
Took people long enough to realise it though! gr8saint

2:32pm Sun 15 Dec 13

worried of n e hampshire says...

think Arsene has been on the vin rouge francias
think Arsene has been on the vin rouge francias worried of n e hampshire

2:51pm Sun 15 Dec 13

saint christopher says...

Obviously making the comment in order to put City down but goes to show how far we've come in some peoples thinking in such a short period of time.
Obviously making the comment in order to put City down but goes to show how far we've come in some peoples thinking in such a short period of time. saint christopher

2:52pm Sun 15 Dec 13

City Saint says...

That's why he does his Christmas squad shopping on the South Coast. Hold on to the kids this transfer window, Arsene is coming to town!
That's why he does his Christmas squad shopping on the South Coast. Hold on to the kids this transfer window, Arsene is coming to town! City Saint

3:00pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Costa Baz says...

Not a betting man, but would think Everton are a good outside bet for the title.

Not conceding many goals and have more flair going forward, than when Moyes was there.
Not a betting man, but would think Everton are a good outside bet for the title. Not conceding many goals and have more flair going forward, than when Moyes was there. Costa Baz

3:15pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Clever Dick says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Not a betting man, but would think Everton are a good outside bet for the title.

Not conceding many goals and have more flair going forward, than when Moyes was there.
They are going well but I think their confidence will take a huge knock when they lose at home on 28th December.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Not a betting man, but would think Everton are a good outside bet for the title. Not conceding many goals and have more flair going forward, than when Moyes was there.[/p][/quote]They are going well but I think their confidence will take a huge knock when they lose at home on 28th December. Clever Dick

3:17pm Sun 15 Dec 13

andoru says...

We have dropped below Man Utd. Oh the shame.
We have dropped below Man Utd. Oh the shame. andoru

3:47pm Sun 15 Dec 13

markdennis'sleftboot says...

But we play them on 29/12....I doubt they're playing 2 home games in 2 days....
But we play them on 29/12....I doubt they're playing 2 home games in 2 days.... markdennis'sleftboot

3:51pm Sun 15 Dec 13

hedge end bob says...

andoru wrote:
We have dropped below Man Utd. Oh the shame.
True but, it took them sixteen games to achieve. And don't forget this team won the league last season.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: We have dropped below Man Utd. Oh the shame.[/p][/quote]True but, it took them sixteen games to achieve. And don't forget this team won the league last season. hedge end bob

5:01pm Sun 15 Dec 13

hdfw09 says...

As long as we keep Hooiveld off the pitch. Bad things happen when he plays. Either he scores for the other team or provides an assist. I'm sure he is a nice chap, but he is not premier league quality and is a roadblock to our success.
As long as we keep Hooiveld off the pitch. Bad things happen when he plays. Either he scores for the other team or provides an assist. I'm sure he is a nice chap, but he is not premier league quality and is a roadblock to our success. hdfw09

5:13pm Sun 15 Dec 13

circa 66 saint says...

Help !!! Panto season is here and I will be taking the grandkids to the panto
( all, I am happy to say are saints fans), anyway I think they will need lessons in booing. My 1st thoughts were to obtain expert tuition but there is no way I can show the bestest of the best t.m.without causing nightmares by subjecting them to a video of farton krap at the end of a match, also if I did they would probably leave the panto early.
Any suggestions?
C.O.Y.R.
Help !!! Panto season is here and I will be taking the grandkids to the panto ( all, I am happy to say are saints fans), anyway I think they will need lessons in booing. My 1st thoughts were to obtain expert tuition but there is no way I can show the bestest of the best t.m.without causing nightmares by subjecting them to a video of farton krap at the end of a match, also if I did they would probably leave the panto early. Any suggestions? C.O.Y.R. circa 66 saint

5:47pm Sun 15 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Spuds will be a bit annoyed, down to ten and Scouse are five up.
Spuds will be a bit annoyed, down to ten and Scouse are five up. OSPREYSAINT

5:51pm Sun 15 Dec 13

ghk230473 says...

Avb could be next manager casualty!
Avb could be next manager casualty! ghk230473

5:52pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Clever Dick says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Spuds will be a bit annoyed, down to ten and Scouse are five up.
Taxi for AVB?
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Spuds will be a bit annoyed, down to ten and Scouse are five up.[/p][/quote]Taxi for AVB? Clever Dick

6:22pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Confucious says...

circa 66 saint wrote:
Help !!! Panto season is here and I will be taking the grandkids to the panto
( all, I am happy to say are saints fans), anyway I think they will need lessons in booing. My 1st thoughts were to obtain expert tuition but there is no way I can show the bestest of the best t.m.without causing nightmares by subjecting them to a video of farton krap at the end of a match, also if I did they would probably leave the panto early.
Any suggestions?
C.O.Y.R.
Don't show Farton video. The kids will just shout "They're beneath you!"
[quote][p][bold]circa 66 saint[/bold] wrote: Help !!! Panto season is here and I will be taking the grandkids to the panto ( all, I am happy to say are saints fans), anyway I think they will need lessons in booing. My 1st thoughts were to obtain expert tuition but there is no way I can show the bestest of the best t.m.without causing nightmares by subjecting them to a video of farton krap at the end of a match, also if I did they would probably leave the panto early. Any suggestions? C.O.Y.R.[/p][/quote]Don't show Farton video. The kids will just shout "They're beneath you!" Confucious

6:27pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Confucious wrote:
circa 66 saint wrote:
Help !!! Panto season is here and I will be taking the grandkids to the panto
( all, I am happy to say are saints fans), anyway I think they will need lessons in booing. My 1st thoughts were to obtain expert tuition but there is no way I can show the bestest of the best t.m.without causing nightmares by subjecting them to a video of farton krap at the end of a match, also if I did they would probably leave the panto early.
Any suggestions?
C.O.Y.R.
Don't show Farton video. The kids will just shout "They're beneath you!"
Oh no they won't! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]circa 66 saint[/bold] wrote: Help !!! Panto season is here and I will be taking the grandkids to the panto ( all, I am happy to say are saints fans), anyway I think they will need lessons in booing. My 1st thoughts were to obtain expert tuition but there is no way I can show the bestest of the best t.m.without causing nightmares by subjecting them to a video of farton krap at the end of a match, also if I did they would probably leave the panto early. Any suggestions? C.O.Y.R.[/p][/quote]Don't show Farton video. The kids will just shout "They're beneath you!"[/p][/quote]Oh no they won't! ;-) Strasbourg Saint

6:32pm Sun 15 Dec 13

FindAndDestroy says...

we maybe be dropping down the table after 3 successive defeats,but on the positive note we will be at home against most of the so called big teams....

we just need to keep on developing that fighting spirit...and hopefully our regular starting XI will be returning to action sooner than later....

we went from being 3rd to 9th inside 3 weeks, what a different few missing players make?
we maybe be dropping down the table after 3 successive defeats,but on the positive note we will be at home against most of the so called big teams.... we just need to keep on developing that fighting spirit...and hopefully our regular starting XI will be returning to action sooner than later.... we went from being 3rd to 9th inside 3 weeks, what a different few missing players make? FindAndDestroy

6:36pm Sun 15 Dec 13

fairdinkum says...

hdfw09 wrote:
As long as we keep Hooiveld off the pitch. Bad things happen when he plays. Either he scores for the other team or provides an assist. I'm sure he is a nice chap, but he is not premier league quality and is a roadblock to our success.
Interesting that yesterday's OPTA stats put Jos and Jagielka as the equal top central defenders, so maybe he did a bit better than the giveaway goal blunder looks like on its own (and it does look pretty bad!)
[quote][p][bold]hdfw09[/bold] wrote: As long as we keep Hooiveld off the pitch. Bad things happen when he plays. Either he scores for the other team or provides an assist. I'm sure he is a nice chap, but he is not premier league quality and is a roadblock to our success.[/p][/quote]Interesting that yesterday's OPTA stats put Jos and Jagielka as the equal top central defenders, so maybe he did a bit better than the giveaway goal blunder looks like on its own (and it does look pretty bad!) fairdinkum

6:56pm Sun 15 Dec 13

westfordUSAsaints says...

Good result yesterday, MP changes things and it showed. Much more positive goal threat second half. Clearly he's trying to get his first team fit again and protecting them, hence AL and Spider starting second half. We had speed and movement and J-Rod was far more affective moving the central defenders with his running. Dani was static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down. J-Rod's goal was a classic break away, quick movement and passing. Davis also hit the post remember, and for long periods had them rattled in the second half. Dani was too static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down when we went forward.

This is solid and steady improvement over last season, I'm happy with that, and top 8 is what I'd be happy with, and we go again next season, aiming higher and improving as a squad with a few solid signings.

We are becoming victims of the rise of this Saints squad, winning and the improvement in such a short period of time.

Look what's happened to Clarke at WBA, a good season and they struggle. Look at the Spuds, they got hammered again, AVB could be out before they arrive Saturday, all that investment and they go backwards. Say nothing of the Man Utd struggles this season.

Steady as we go, and keep the faith, I reckon we could come out of the Christmas period higher than we are now.
Good result yesterday, MP changes things and it showed. Much more positive goal threat second half. Clearly he's trying to get his first team fit again and protecting them, hence AL and Spider starting second half. We had speed and movement and J-Rod was far more affective moving the central defenders with his running. Dani was static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down. J-Rod's goal was a classic break away, quick movement and passing. Davis also hit the post remember, and for long periods had them rattled in the second half. Dani was too static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down when we went forward. This is solid and steady improvement over last season, I'm happy with that, and top 8 is what I'd be happy with, and we go again next season, aiming higher and improving as a squad with a few solid signings. We are becoming victims of the rise of this Saints squad, winning and the improvement in such a short period of time. Look what's happened to Clarke at WBA, a good season and they struggle. Look at the Spuds, they got hammered again, AVB could be out before they arrive Saturday, all that investment and they go backwards. Say nothing of the Man Utd struggles this season. Steady as we go, and keep the faith, I reckon we could come out of the Christmas period higher than we are now. westfordUSAsaints

7:27pm Sun 15 Dec 13

JohnItaly says...

westfordUSAsaints wrote:
Good result yesterday, MP changes things and it showed. Much more positive goal threat second half. Clearly he's trying to get his first team fit again and protecting them, hence AL and Spider starting second half. We had speed and movement and J-Rod was far more affective moving the central defenders with his running. Dani was static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down. J-Rod's goal was a classic break away, quick movement and passing. Davis also hit the post remember, and for long periods had them rattled in the second half. Dani was too static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down when we went forward.

This is solid and steady improvement over last season, I'm happy with that, and top 8 is what I'd be happy with, and we go again next season, aiming higher and improving as a squad with a few solid signings.

We are becoming victims of the rise of this Saints squad, winning and the improvement in such a short period of time.

Look what's happened to Clarke at WBA, a good season and they struggle. Look at the Spuds, they got hammered again, AVB could be out before they arrive Saturday, all that investment and they go backwards. Say nothing of the Man Utd struggles this season.

Steady as we go, and keep the faith, I reckon we could come out of the Christmas period higher than we are now.
Liverpool's thrashing of Spurs might on considered reflection be a bad result for the Saints. Assuming AVB is still Head Coach then next Sunday he and the team will be fired up to make amends. If AVB becomes yet another managerial casualty during the week then who ever is in charge will be keen to make an impression.Either way it will be a tough fixture. Am very sure MP will not allow complacency to creep in.
[quote][p][bold]westfordUSAsaints[/bold] wrote: Good result yesterday, MP changes things and it showed. Much more positive goal threat second half. Clearly he's trying to get his first team fit again and protecting them, hence AL and Spider starting second half. We had speed and movement and J-Rod was far more affective moving the central defenders with his running. Dani was static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down. J-Rod's goal was a classic break away, quick movement and passing. Davis also hit the post remember, and for long periods had them rattled in the second half. Dani was too static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down when we went forward. This is solid and steady improvement over last season, I'm happy with that, and top 8 is what I'd be happy with, and we go again next season, aiming higher and improving as a squad with a few solid signings. We are becoming victims of the rise of this Saints squad, winning and the improvement in such a short period of time. Look what's happened to Clarke at WBA, a good season and they struggle. Look at the Spuds, they got hammered again, AVB could be out before they arrive Saturday, all that investment and they go backwards. Say nothing of the Man Utd struggles this season. Steady as we go, and keep the faith, I reckon we could come out of the Christmas period higher than we are now.[/p][/quote]Liverpool's thrashing of Spurs might on considered reflection be a bad result for the Saints. Assuming AVB is still Head Coach then next Sunday he and the team will be fired up to make amends. If AVB becomes yet another managerial casualty during the week then who ever is in charge will be keen to make an impression.Either way it will be a tough fixture. Am very sure MP will not allow complacency to creep in. JohnItaly

7:42pm Sun 15 Dec 13

westfordUSAsaints says...

JohnItaly wrote:
westfordUSAsaints wrote:
Good result yesterday, MP changes things and it showed. Much more positive goal threat second half. Clearly he's trying to get his first team fit again and protecting them, hence AL and Spider starting second half. We had speed and movement and J-Rod was far more affective moving the central defenders with his running. Dani was static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down. J-Rod's goal was a classic break away, quick movement and passing. Davis also hit the post remember, and for long periods had them rattled in the second half. Dani was too static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down when we went forward.

This is solid and steady improvement over last season, I'm happy with that, and top 8 is what I'd be happy with, and we go again next season, aiming higher and improving as a squad with a few solid signings.

We are becoming victims of the rise of this Saints squad, winning and the improvement in such a short period of time.

Look what's happened to Clarke at WBA, a good season and they struggle. Look at the Spuds, they got hammered again, AVB could be out before they arrive Saturday, all that investment and they go backwards. Say nothing of the Man Utd struggles this season.

Steady as we go, and keep the faith, I reckon we could come out of the Christmas period higher than we are now.
Liverpool's thrashing of Spurs might on considered reflection be a bad result for the Saints. Assuming AVB is still Head Coach then next Sunday he and the team will be fired up to make amends. If AVB becomes yet another managerial casualty during the week then who ever is in charge will be keen to make an impression.Either way it will be a tough fixture. Am very sure MP will not allow complacency to creep in.
Either way, if he's there or not, Spurs look a tired, lazy, unfit side. Our high tempo game will put them under real pressure and their back four are all struggling. Either way, I think we could be getting them at the right time and get back on another unbeaten run.

Spurs were awful today and Liverpool made them pay for AVB's lack of management experience. Down by two at the half, you bring on a left back!!! Really.

We can inflict more punishment on them, if he hasn't gone by the weekend, we could send him packing by Sunday night if we beat them!

COYR
[quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westfordUSAsaints[/bold] wrote: Good result yesterday, MP changes things and it showed. Much more positive goal threat second half. Clearly he's trying to get his first team fit again and protecting them, hence AL and Spider starting second half. We had speed and movement and J-Rod was far more affective moving the central defenders with his running. Dani was static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down. J-Rod's goal was a classic break away, quick movement and passing. Davis also hit the post remember, and for long periods had them rattled in the second half. Dani was too static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down when we went forward. This is solid and steady improvement over last season, I'm happy with that, and top 8 is what I'd be happy with, and we go again next season, aiming higher and improving as a squad with a few solid signings. We are becoming victims of the rise of this Saints squad, winning and the improvement in such a short period of time. Look what's happened to Clarke at WBA, a good season and they struggle. Look at the Spuds, they got hammered again, AVB could be out before they arrive Saturday, all that investment and they go backwards. Say nothing of the Man Utd struggles this season. Steady as we go, and keep the faith, I reckon we could come out of the Christmas period higher than we are now.[/p][/quote]Liverpool's thrashing of Spurs might on considered reflection be a bad result for the Saints. Assuming AVB is still Head Coach then next Sunday he and the team will be fired up to make amends. If AVB becomes yet another managerial casualty during the week then who ever is in charge will be keen to make an impression.Either way it will be a tough fixture. Am very sure MP will not allow complacency to creep in.[/p][/quote]Either way, if he's there or not, Spurs look a tired, lazy, unfit side. Our high tempo game will put them under real pressure and their back four are all struggling. Either way, I think we could be getting them at the right time and get back on another unbeaten run. Spurs were awful today and Liverpool made them pay for AVB's lack of management experience. Down by two at the half, you bring on a left back!!! Really. We can inflict more punishment on them, if he hasn't gone by the weekend, we could send him packing by Sunday night if we beat them! COYR westfordUSAsaints

8:12pm Sun 15 Dec 13

SnapperSaint says...

westfordUSAsaints wrote:
JohnItaly wrote:
westfordUSAsaints wrote:
Good result yesterday, MP changes things and it showed. Much more positive goal threat second half. Clearly he's trying to get his first team fit again and protecting them, hence AL and Spider starting second half. We had speed and movement and J-Rod was far more affective moving the central defenders with his running. Dani was static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down. J-Rod's goal was a classic break away, quick movement and passing. Davis also hit the post remember, and for long periods had them rattled in the second half. Dani was too static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down when we went forward.

This is solid and steady improvement over last season, I'm happy with that, and top 8 is what I'd be happy with, and we go again next season, aiming higher and improving as a squad with a few solid signings.

We are becoming victims of the rise of this Saints squad, winning and the improvement in such a short period of time.

Look what's happened to Clarke at WBA, a good season and they struggle. Look at the Spuds, they got hammered again, AVB could be out before they arrive Saturday, all that investment and they go backwards. Say nothing of the Man Utd struggles this season.

Steady as we go, and keep the faith, I reckon we could come out of the Christmas period higher than we are now.
Liverpool's thrashing of Spurs might on considered reflection be a bad result for the Saints. Assuming AVB is still Head Coach then next Sunday he and the team will be fired up to make amends. If AVB becomes yet another managerial casualty during the week then who ever is in charge will be keen to make an impression.Either way it will be a tough fixture. Am very sure MP will not allow complacency to creep in.
Either way, if he's there or not, Spurs look a tired, lazy, unfit side. Our high tempo game will put them under real pressure and their back four are all struggling. Either way, I think we could be getting them at the right time and get back on another unbeaten run.

Spurs were awful today and Liverpool made them pay for AVB's lack of management experience. Down by two at the half, you bring on a left back!!! Really.

We can inflict more punishment on them, if he hasn't gone by the weekend, we could send him packing by Sunday night if we beat them!

COYR
I agree, AVB is on borrowed time and don't forget Spurs have a League Cup match on Wednesday against West Hoof, so that will give him a team selection dilemma. He will want to win to keep his job, so their best team could be out and then they will be tired for the weekend...
[quote][p][bold]westfordUSAsaints[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westfordUSAsaints[/bold] wrote: Good result yesterday, MP changes things and it showed. Much more positive goal threat second half. Clearly he's trying to get his first team fit again and protecting them, hence AL and Spider starting second half. We had speed and movement and J-Rod was far more affective moving the central defenders with his running. Dani was static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down. J-Rod's goal was a classic break away, quick movement and passing. Davis also hit the post remember, and for long periods had them rattled in the second half. Dani was too static in the first half and that was why it was easy to shut us down when we went forward. This is solid and steady improvement over last season, I'm happy with that, and top 8 is what I'd be happy with, and we go again next season, aiming higher and improving as a squad with a few solid signings. We are becoming victims of the rise of this Saints squad, winning and the improvement in such a short period of time. Look what's happened to Clarke at WBA, a good season and they struggle. Look at the Spuds, they got hammered again, AVB could be out before they arrive Saturday, all that investment and they go backwards. Say nothing of the Man Utd struggles this season. Steady as we go, and keep the faith, I reckon we could come out of the Christmas period higher than we are now.[/p][/quote]Liverpool's thrashing of Spurs might on considered reflection be a bad result for the Saints. Assuming AVB is still Head Coach then next Sunday he and the team will be fired up to make amends. If AVB becomes yet another managerial casualty during the week then who ever is in charge will be keen to make an impression.Either way it will be a tough fixture. Am very sure MP will not allow complacency to creep in.[/p][/quote]Either way, if he's there or not, Spurs look a tired, lazy, unfit side. Our high tempo game will put them under real pressure and their back four are all struggling. Either way, I think we could be getting them at the right time and get back on another unbeaten run. Spurs were awful today and Liverpool made them pay for AVB's lack of management experience. Down by two at the half, you bring on a left back!!! Really. We can inflict more punishment on them, if he hasn't gone by the weekend, we could send him packing by Sunday night if we beat them! COYR[/p][/quote]I agree, AVB is on borrowed time and don't forget Spurs have a League Cup match on Wednesday against West Hoof, so that will give him a team selection dilemma. He will want to win to keep his job, so their best team could be out and then they will be tired for the weekend... SnapperSaint

8:14pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Smith187 says...

Spur's defence looked absolutely shocking against Liverpool, I reckon j-rod and co are going to tear them apart. Especially if they play capoue in the backline, all saints need to do is thread the ball behind the backline and let j rod do the rest.
Spur's defence looked absolutely shocking against Liverpool, I reckon j-rod and co are going to tear them apart. Especially if they play capoue in the backline, all saints need to do is thread the ball behind the backline and let j rod do the rest. Smith187

8:28am Mon 16 Dec 13

batesieboy says...

worried of n e hampshire wrote:
think Arsene has been on the vin rouge francias
So have you..."francias"!!!
[quote][p][bold]worried of n e hampshire[/bold] wrote: think Arsene has been on the vin rouge francias[/p][/quote]So have you..."francias"!!! batesieboy

8:55am Mon 16 Dec 13

donni1437 says...

Wenger is rubbish at mind games
Wenger is rubbish at mind games donni1437

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