"It's advantage Man United. They played well, they started very strong and the good thing is that we didn’t concede more than one goal. But we have a good chance to reverse it at home, I believe."

- Arsene Wenger
29/04/2009 22:26, Report by Adam Bostock

Arsenal owe it to Almunia

Arsene Wenger believes "a different Arsenal" will emerge at the Emirates next Tuesday night, having escaped from Old Trafford with only a one-goal deficit in the Champions League semi-final.

The Gunners boss credited his goalkeeper Manuel Almunia for limiting the damage caused by the dominant Reds, after the Spaniard made several good saves to prevent Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez et al from adding to John O'Shea's opener.

"The good thing is that we didn’t concede more than one goal," said Wenger.

"They (United) could have scored a second goal – Alumnia kept us in the tie. We want to take advantage of that in the second game. I believe we have a good chance to reverse it (the score) at home."

Arsenal were unusually shot-shy at the other end of the Old Trafford pitch, rarely testing Edwin van der Sar in the United goal. For this, Wenger praised the performance and tactics of his opposition.

"They (United) played well, they started very strong. They played at a fast pace, they closed us down well and we never got into our stride.

"I felt we didn’t create enough but it’s not important now to talk about what we didn’t do tonight. It’s more important to think about what we want to do next Tuesday.

"This tie is very finely balanced. We still believe we will do it at home and I believe we will see a different Arsenal next week."

Arsene Wenger was speaking to Sky Sports.


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