“You don’t think like that”, he said when asked whether the FA Cup is Arsenal’s most realistic chance of silverware.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists his side are ready for “crunch time” ahead of their crucial derby clash against Tottenham.
Wenger knows a victory over Spurs, not only their neighbours but now their title rivals, would help silence the boo-boys as he heads for the cauldron of noise the home fans at White Hart Lane are likely to produce on Saturday.
An eight-point gap to leaders Leicester City leaves Arsenal with little room for error in the final nine matches but, as well as salvaging a point against Tottenham Hotspur, it was arguably even more significant for the team to ease the wider discontent among supporters.
“I can not influence the behaviour of the fans”.
Arsenal’s form has been badly damaging, with three consecutive defeats and a draw at home against Hull in the FA Cup since the promise of a last gasp win over Leicester. We criticise each other enough in the dressing room and we demand a lot more from ourselves than just playing like we do not care.
Midfielder Alex Iwobi, who has made 10 appearances this campaign, has been included in the squad to face Hull and Wenger described the 19-year-old as an “interesting player” .
“I have always the same pressure; it is the pressure I apply to myself”.
Despite facing criticism from several pundits, including his ex-players Paul Merson and Thierry Henry, Wenger says he is used to passing over negative comments. “It comes from within to win the next game”. I work seven days a week with full commitment. “If it’s not good enough, somebody will tell me one day, that’s all I can do”.
“I believe that opinions are opinions”, he told a news conference, as quoted by BBC. Our fans are unhappy, I am unhappy, we’re all unhappy and if you were in our dressing room after the game you would see that we are absolutely devastated to lose the game.
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