In typical Arsene Wenger style, the Arsenal manager played down the extreme reactions to the recent poor run of form that has left the Gunners languishing 10th in the table. When all around him are losing their heads and pulling their hair out (not Steve Bould obviously) the Prof is loomking at the problems facing Arsenal in a cool and calculating way, and he is convinced that it will soon be sorted out.
“There’s a problem of course. What is important when you have a problem is to do something about it.
“The second thing is the strength to do something about it, and I’m confident we have both. We have the strength and we will do something about it.
“Let’s not go overboard. Every period is difficult. In every game you focus to get the best out of your team.
“We lost on Saturday and of course we are not happy with that.But I am confident that we have a strong team, that we have a strong spirit in the side, and that will come out.
“We have rebuilt the team a little bit in two ways. First in bringing in new players, secondly in getting some players back from long term injury, like Jack Wilshere. I feel there is alot of strength in our team.
“Patience and keeping our mental strength will turn that around in an easy way.”
Wenger should be commended for backing his players, never publicly blaming them no matter how badly the team or an individual has performed. The players need to repay this loyalty by giving everything they can on the pitch. Wenger also denied that his assistant, Steve Bould, had launched a tirade at the Arsenal players after the Swansea match, again protecting his players. Wojciech Szczesny, however, had already let slip that the post match conversation was louder than usual. It is not too hard to decipher that riddle.
Wenger knows the players better than anybody, so I have faith that he will get them playing well again. I just feel that they are not giving Wenger the same support as they get from him, and it is the manager who takes the blame for poor performances.