December 6 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Monday, October 21, 2013
Chris Hughton took cold comfort from Arsene Wenger’s platitudes after Norwich City remained moored in the Premier League’s bottom three following a 4-1 defeat at table-topping Arsenal.
Wenger admitted the Gunners’ attacking power was close to ‘perfection’ at times, but the Frenchman also conceded Norwich had posed a serious threat at the Emirates. Jonny Howson’s 70th-minute strike looked to have set up a thrilling finale after earlier goals from Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil, but Arsenal cut loose in the closing stages with Aaron Ramsey and £43m man Ozil sealing an emphatic win.
Hughton’s side earned similar plaudits in the previous league defeat to fellow title contenders Chelsea, and the City boss was adamant they deserved more than faint praise.
“I’d rather win the game,” he said. “Of course, for Arsene to say those things is something we appreciate, but it does not take away the hurt. If opposition managers have something nice to say to you then that’s something you’re grateful for, but the feeling is one of disappointment at losing the game and losing it by that margin. I don’t think it’s a reflection on the balance of play, it is a reflection on how many times they had the ball in the back of the net. That’s something we need to alleviate and we need to do that quickly.”
John Ruddy’s defiance prevented a heavier defeat after Wilshere’s stunning opener to cap a flowing team move Wenger labelled one of the best he had seen in his 17 years at the helm.
“Its what you dream, it’s close to perfection. I think this goal will travel a lot (around the world) because it will be seen a lot,” he said. “All the goals were great, but the first was exceptional and improvised. It was certainly one of the best (Arsenal) goals, one I enjoyed the most because it was a team goal.
“It had combinations and speed which you would always like your team to play, this one was a mixture of technical quality, speedy thinking, quick reactions and as well being calm in front of goal. It had nearly everything you want to have, it was a great goal.
“We won 4-1 and their keeper had a good game, but Norwich played well, so it is strange. They made it difficult for us and we struggled between 30 and 60 minutes to keep our game going. I would come out of the match thinking Norwich were a good team.”