Upbeat Arsene Wenger Looks Forward On Three Fronts
Arsene Wenger's upbeat analysis of Arsenal's current fortunes comes as no surprise from the most loyal manager in the Premier League.
After a trio of excellent results, progressing in two cup competitions, and the thumping of the outrageously heavy booted Blackburn in the Premier league, things are looking up.
Wenger said: "We have been waiting for goals for a long time and I believe that maybe the pressure came off the team a bit after the Roma game so we played with more freedom. I believe we have more creative talent and the game is more fluid. Our football is coming back which I think is down to psychological reasons."
After seven goals in their last two EPL matches compared with two goals in the previous five, I tend to agree with him.
That and the fact that Eboue, Song, and Denilson have all matured lately, Eduardo has ping ponged back into the squad, Andrei Arshavin has got fit, and Walcott is burning down the wings.
However, the candle is still burning at three ends. The importance of maintaining a focus on the Premier League games is understood.
Arsenal cannot finish out of the top four. The implications of losing Champions league football next year are unimaginable.
Then there is this year's Champions league Campaign. The Roma victory was far more dramatic than it needed to be. Arsenal should have sown it up in the first leg, let alone have to rely on a penalty kick outcome.
We will have to wait 'til Friday to find out who is playing who.
On the three competitions, Arsene said: "I just rotate a little bit. I know that the players can’t always play. For example I didn’t play Kolo in the cup game but he played on Wednesday and today. I decided to rest Gallas because we knew we would face a lot of high balls today.
"I put four fresh players in today and we have Eduardo injured but Fabregas and Adebayor coming back in two weeks. I rested Van Persie today as well. It looks today that we can do it."
The squad is about to be strengthened this week with the return of Adebayor, Silvestre, and Fabregas. That just leaves the aforementioned ping ponging Eduardo and the mythical Rosicky. It seems that there is now a real ability to rotate the team and keep the battle alive on all three fronts.
Nicklas Bendtner wowed the crowd with his series of missed chances at the weekend, but he was consistently in the right place, time after time, even if it came to naught.
Arsene, ever upbeat, defended his young striker: "He likes to play as the lead striker and he has power and pace. He understands the game and he’s only 20-years-old, people forget that.
"I think it completely wrong to boo him. The fans clapped him when he moved off the pitch. They were not happy when he missed the chance but overall I feel the fans are behind him."
Its Hull on Tuesday in the FA Cup, and Arsenal have a point to prove. They are still sore from the mauling they received from the Tigers in September. Come to our house and beat us? Not again.
I am expecting more of the impressive football we saw against Blackburn.
Arsene Wenger Quotes From Official Arsenal Website.
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