Arsene Wenger: We have a big squad available and there is plenty of optimism
Written by Jeffrey on October 13, 2011 21:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes it’s time for his players to turn positive performances into positive results.
Speaking to Arsenal Player ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game against Sunderland, the Frenchman started by revisiting the defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, a game in which the Gunners made terrible defensive mistakes and lost by two goals to one.
Believing that they were punished for failing to deal with “details”, the Arsenal boss did however explain that the basis inside the team is very good, that the Gunners are improving in respect to quality and that the attitude of the players – as always – is very good.
On getting six points in their next two Premier League games, Wenger concluded by confirming that Sunderland and Stoke City at home are must-win games as it’s time for the Gunners to deliver on the pitch and turn optimism into points.
On Friday, the manager said:
[If we needed the international break?] I would have loved to play three days later because we felt that the quality of our performance was there but the outcome was very frustrating.
Somewhere I felt that we punished ourselves, we were not beaten on the day by a bad performance but just because the details that you have to deal with in the big games were not on our side.
That was very frustrating. Ideally, the disappointment was big and I would have loved to play quickly again but maybe to get the game out of the mind of the players it’s better they go for an international game.
I feel that the basis inside the team is very good, that the quality of our game is improving from game to game [and] that the attitude of the players is very good.
But now it’s time to transform all that into positive results knowing that to win or to lose is not a coincidence.
It’s down to concrete facts and this concrete facts at the moment, I feel, are details and not really basic quality.
[Six points against Sunderland and Stoke?] Yes, that of course is a big target for us, we want to achieve that and in between we have as well the Champions League game.
We have a big squad available so there is plenty of optimism around the team and we want to transform that into points.