Arsene Wenger is not denying that Arsenal have been seriously under par this season, especially at home. With just three wins from seven home games in the Premier league, the Emirates is about as far from being a fortress as you can get. Wenger knows that to get the atmosphere in the stadium that he wants, the impetus must come from the team first, and he thinks that the week’s rest that many players have had will help.
“There’s one thing I don’t question and that’s the attitude and spirit of this team.
“But I can say that all day – what is important is that we win the game when we play, and that’s what we want to do. I am confident that we have refreshed and we can show that tomorrow.
“At home I feel there is a little bit a lack of freedom to play. That is always our strength, we are a creative team who likes to go forward. It is important that we have that.
“To get the fans behind the team, the attitude has to come from us, and be united and turn that round. Away from home we have been quite positive and consistent. At home it’s true we hjaven’t found our flow yet.
“It is a very important game for us on Saturday and a very important period as well. But the best way to deal with that is what you do usually, to focus on defending well, attacking well and focus on your game.”
Wenger must feel like he has tripped over a black cat and dropped a mirror while going under a ladder with his injury situation at Arsenal. There is still no word of Diaby, and two of his three strikers will miss tomorrow’s game. However, Arsenal have the players to beat West Brom, they just need to show the attitude and spirit that Wenger insists they possess.
I think that Cazorla could be the key to this game. West Brom will try to close the Spaniard down as much as possible to restrict Arsenal, so we need Wilshere and whoever else plays to make use of the space, and drive Arsenal forward.