“I understand, when it’s official games, you do not want to interfere in that because the country is important and they have to win the games. “Once they play friendlies, or games where there is nothing at stake, you think they should accommodate the clubs as well. “It is difficult because it is sometimes common sense and you cannot predict every single situation with a rule. It is more down to a good co-operation between clubs and countries that is important.” Arsenal resumed domestic action looking to move to the top of the Barclays Premier League, with leaders Manchester City taking on rivals United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Wenger is confident his side, who sit second in the table, two points off the pace, can maintain their momentum for what would be a fourth straight Premier League victory. “Overall we are in a good run and that can help the level of confidence and belief going into the next game,” he said. “You gain credibility through consistency and when people think this could be a game where we could slip a bit and you respond in a positive way. “It shows that our consistency is questioned by many people which is not based on mathematics and statistics, but more on preconceived ideas and it is down to us to change people’s minds. The longer we last (at the top), the more people will give us credit for it.” Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score against Bayern, just as he had done at Watford. England forward Theo Walcott has, though, retained his place at the head of the attack. “It is always hard,” said Wenger. “They are top players, I consider the form, the game on the day. “At the end of the season both will have played their share of games, but at the moment it is Theo (starting), in a few weeks it might be Giroud. What is important is that both contribute.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger regrets not resting Aaron Ramsey after seeing the midfielder suffer a fresh injury following his return from an intensive spell of duty with Wales. Press Association Both Ramsey and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, himself carrying an injury concern, scored in the match, before which qualification for the Euro 2016 finals was already secured. “Aaron Ramsey, after international break, he has a chance to be back, so it is a three to four weeks job,” said Wenger, whose side host Everton on Saturday. “Maybe he was overloaded a little bit with games. Ideally I think not him nor Bale should have played against Andorra, because they were qualified, but unfortunately I could not decide that. “I was in a position after that where I thought I could rest him against Watford. In the end I didn’t do it and of course after, against Bayern, I had not much choice and we got punished. “Ideally he should have had a breather, or at Watford. Realistically, the real breather he could have had was against Andorra.” Asked if he now regretted playing Ramsey at Watford, where he scored in the final goal of a 3-0 win, Wenger said: “Yes, because he got injured.” Wenger accepts clubs are somewhat powerless to prevent international managers from deploying their players in whatever manner they deem fit. “It is a point of friction between clubs and national teams,” said the Gunners boss, who in the past has seen the likes of midfielder Jack Wilshere sidelined with problems sustained while away with England. Ramsey faces around a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring problem during the second half of the 2-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. Wenger accepts he should have given Ramsey a breather at Watford last weekend, but remains unimpressed by Wales’ decision to play the 24-year-old for 90 minutes against Andorra in Cardiff on October 13.
Published on November 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ Before Andrew White could score any of his 18 first-half points, there was Dajuan Coleman. All 6-foot-9, 258 pounds of him found creases within Monmouth’s defense. That was no easy task for Syracuse players initially. They combined for six points in the first five minutes.Coleman’s first glimmer of offense came as expected. He was fouled as he crashed the boards and tried to tip-in a second-chance opportunity. The second opportunity proved more unusual. Instead of posting up near the basket, Coleman backed off and hung around the perimeter. White fed Coleman the ball just inside the arc, and the big man splashed in a mid-range jumper.On a night when there was no question as to the focal point of the offense, Coleman was the team’s leading scorer for a fleeting, two-minute stretch.“When I score a quick bucket, that just gets you going,” Coleman said. “You want to come back and get another bucket, get a stop on defense. It just gets you more in the game.”Ironically, Coleman really wasn’t in the game at first. He found quick success at the start of the game, but played only six first-half minutes in No. 18 Syracuse’s (3-0) 71-50 win against Monmouth (1-2). The Orange started out shaky on defense, missing rotations in the zone and allowing the Hawks room to run in the paint. But the narrative tilted in the second half. Monmouth shot 1-of-18 from 3 in the latter 20 minutes and Coleman led an effort to seal off the interior. He drew the praise of Jim Boeheim after the game for nabbing seven second-half boards, not to mention his seven total points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColeman offered the most complete game of his final season on Friday. He stabilized the Orange by vacuuming rebounds on both sides of the ball, with his offensive contributions only an added benefit.“He played great,” fellow big man Paschal Chukwu said. “He did what coach expects him to do: be an inside presence.”Boeheim has been reluctant to lean on Coleman for significant minutes at this part in the schedule. It could be rooted in Coleman’s fragility, lackluster competition or wanting to get answers about Chukwu. But if it wasn’t already apparent, Coleman illustrated just how far his successor has to go. Chukwu’s still trying to catch passes and harness all 86 inches of his physique. Coleman possesses an intellectual part of his game — maneuvering the zone, rebounding without fouling — that Chukwu has yet to fully grasp.The Providence transfer struggled through some of his 10 minutes on the court, fumbling around with his temporary sport goggles. He’s supposed to use them to protect his right eye after getting hit by a ball on Tuesday. Instead he seemed consumed by the lenses on his face, which he removed after his first time out on the court.Amid the revolving door of centers in the first half, Tyler Lydon included, Monmouth continued to get underneath the basket and outscored SU in the paint, 18-4. Coleman’s more consistent presence in the second half kept the Hawks at bay. The senior, perhaps better than any other Orange defender, can carve out space for himself down low. That led the Hawks to try for more 3s, when they had just proven their best offensive game was around the hoop.“He knows the zone really well,” Tyler Roberson said of Coleman, “and he can block shots when guys try to attack him. Experience blended with that together just makes him a really good defensive player.”And especially on this year’s team, experience is the most valued commodity. Comments