Arsene Wenger will be very glad that Arsenal managed to beat Manchester United in the FA cup quarter-final at the first go, even though we would happily have taken a draw before turning up at Old Trafford. If we had drawn though, it might have meant Arsenal having to play the replay next week, as Liverpool are having to do.
Arsene Wenger has left his Arsenal players in absolutely no doubt that he will be expecting them to put their bodies on the line in the FA cup clash against Tottenham. And this is not just because it is a local derby between north London’s great rivals as he explained in a report on Sky Sports.
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After a rousing finish to the Premier League season, Arsenal have managed to avoid the storm of protest that was seemed to be heading their way since August. By avoiding defeat in the last 10 Premier League games, Arsene Wenger and his players grabbed the final Champions League place and broke the hearts of Tottenham. It was a remarkable run of form, but the fact that the Gunners were in such a precarious position cannot be ignored.
It has been a testing time for everybody concerned with Arsenal Football Club this season, but the players made sure that it finished with a bang by beating Newcastle United at St. James’ Park yesterday. You could see the elation and relief on the faces of the Gunners and the Gooners who had traveled to see the game, but we really must do better next season.
Mikel Arteta has been a mainstay of Arsenal’s midfield for the last two seasons, but is angry that the team keeps losing easy games and now have a fight on their hands to try and end up in the Champions League next year, which Arteta thinks is “unacceptable” for a club of Arsenal’s stature.
You can say what you like about Arsene Wenger, and he has certainly come under a lot more criticism this season than ever before, but there is no doubt that he inspires the respect, admiration and gratitude of his Arsenal players. Just last week we saw Jack Wilshere give an emotional post match interview in which you could tell that he was hurt by how much the pressure that Wenger was under and insisted that it was the players that should bear the responsibility for the bad performances and results.
Mikel Arteta was sitting next to his boss when Arsene Wenger reacted angrily to questions from reporters in the press conference before Arsenal took on Bayern Munich last week. It is safe to say that the media have milked that outburst for all it is worth, and their main line of questioning to Wenger or any of the Arsenal players now seems to be, whose fault is the current situation.