Arsene Wenger on tomorrow’s line-up and the mental strength of the players
Written by Jeffrey on April 9, 2011 4:15
If Arsenal are to be crowned champions at the end of the season they desperately need all the best players back and ready for action.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game away against Blackpool, manager Arsene Wenger explained that captain Cesc Fabregas is fully recovered from a hamstring injury and will start the game. In the defensive department, right-back Bacary Sagna is doubtful with midfielder Alex Song certain to miss the game but back next week for the game against Liverpool.
Asked about the mental strength of his players, the Frenchman explained that this is a young Arsenal team that needs time as the average age during the Champions League game against Barcelona clearly demonstrated.
According to the Arsenal boss, this squad is mentally in a very strong position but needs time to find the right chemistry to finally achieve their objectives.
On Friday, Wenger said:
Cesc [Fabregas] is fit to start. We have some problems with [Bacary] Sagna and with [Alex] Song, who will be out [with a knee injury], and [Theo] Walcott as well.
Song definitely won’t play but he should be available for next week. There is a big doubt about Walcott, it’s his ankle again. He will have a late fitness test. Sagna has a knee problem and has a scan today [Friday]. Everybody else should be available.
This team is 23. When we played against Barcelona, they were 27 and a half. It is important we realise this team is absolutely amazing for what they do at their age. One day people will understand that, but at the moment, I am not sure many people do.
How old is Wilshere? Nineteen. It looks like in England you cannot play without him. How old is Fabregas? How old is Nasri? Now it is a crucial moment where we have to trust these players and not listen to opinions of people who have not worked half a day in football.
Do you know how much work and dedication is behind a team like that? How much mental strength is behind a team like that? We are in a strong position.
They have not been built just like that, it is a real process of club work, coaching work – that is not just to go out and buy a player for X amount of money. What is hard in football is to build a team and work with the players every day.