Arsene Wenger has praised the Arsenal fans for their unflinching support recently, but knows that he owes them some better results. We nger and his vice-captain Mikel Arteta aim to start repaying the Gooners tomorrow against Schalke.
Arteta is demanding an improvement from the Arsenal team, knowing that the Champions league game in Germany will not be easy, but Arsenal have the ability to win. Anything less that 100 percent effort will not be acceptable, as Arsenal try to get the season back on track.
“We’ve got another massive game again. We lost against Schalke at home, which was a big disappointment, and it’s going to be a really tough game in Germany.
“We have to bounce back. I think we have to show how much we want to win it, and go there and show big attitude.
“I have no doubt about the attitude we have in the dressing room, and the desire. I think the attitude was good (against Man United). We all kept trying, even with 10 men.”
I think that Arteta is going a bit easy on some of the Arsenal players, and hope that behind closed doors there are some harsh words being given out. You cannot fault Arteta’s commitment, but there have been too many players recently not doing enough.
Arsenal have a great chance to boost confidence and qualify top of the group if they can beat Schalke tomorrow. The Germans lost at the weekend to a Hoffenheim team who had not won in four games, but they will be giving everything to beat Arsenal.
If it is true that Kieran Gibbs could play tomorrow, that would give us a massive boost and will cheer the fans up before a ball is kicked. Happy Santos is a liability and proved on Saturday that his attitude is all wrong.
Podolski has not been his usual self recently, and it could well be because he is worried about Santos behind him. Gibbs will give the team more confidence and solidity, allowing us to focus more on going forwards.