Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed any apprehensions regarding his squad’s potential following a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in Beijing yesterday.
The Gunners appeared to be in control during the first half before goals from Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure condemned them to a two-goal deficit at the interval.
Wenger’s men attemped a comeback in the second half but despite their spirited efforts, they were locked out by the defending Premier League champions.
While some feel that this is the preview of what would happen when the season goes underway in three weeks, Wenger remains defiant, arguing that the result is not at all indicative of his team’s abilities.
“It was lively and both teams tried to play. I think we were quite dominant in the first half but suddenly found ourselves down 2-0 against the run of play,” Wenger explained at Arsenal’s official website.
He added: “I feel Manchester City played on a very solid defence with five real defenders and we played forward without calculating too much. We were a bit vulnerable on the counter-attack and that is where we got caught.
“But overall what is important for us is to see everybody play and give everybody competition. We lasted 90 minutes at quite a good level.”
The match against City ended Arsenal’s tour of China but Wenger paid a lasting tribute to Arsenal’s ardent fan base in the nation.
The manager concluded with excitement: “I would personally like to thank them because they were absolutely outstanding. I would love to book a few 747s and bring them all to the Emirates! They have been outstanding throughout our whole stay. They have been better than our team!”