Arsene Wenger was probably very glad of the international break, for a change, as his Arsenal team had been on a terrible run of form beforehand. “Yes, it’s a chance to regroup,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com. “It can be good for the players to get to a different atmosphere and come back refreshed and refocused. I believe on that front the international break was welcome.
“We were very disappointed by our result [at West Brom] and by our performance as well. So we just focus on the next game and try to think about how you can improve and what you have to improve.”
Considering the quality of our defenders, we are conceding far too many goals this season, and we have only kept 2 clean sheets in our last 8 League games (against Swansea and Hull) so we really have to go all out to score more than City tomorrow!
“We have conceded too many goals.” Wenger continued. “For a long period in the season we were quite stable, but recently I’ve felt that we have conceded goals at important moments in the game. That’s where we want to improve, without losing our drive going forward.
“We didn’t create enough at West Brom and we are a team that likes to create chances. Incidentally we play against Man City this weekend and the two best teams in the final third are Arsenal and City, if you look at the numbers. So we want to come back to our strengths, and our strengths are to play.”
The facts are that there are always lots of goals against City, with the last 7 meetings averaging an amazing 4 goals per game, and Wenger certainly doesn’t expect that to change tomorrow. “It’s refreshing,” he said. “People want to see good football. I would say when you watch Real Madrid against Barcelona, when you are a neutral you want to see attacking football, of course.
“When you are concerned like we are at the moment then we want to be strong defensively as well. But it’s good that [Arsenal v City] is a promising game and people want to watch it. That’s as well why English football is popular all over the world.
“These are two teams that have a positive and attacking philosophy. That means both teams will try to be a threat in the final third all the time. The two teams like to attack, and when one team scores the other gives absolutely everything when going forward.”
Yes people want to see lots of goals, but right now Arsenal fans are getting sick of them being scored in our net! The one big plus for the Gunners is that the Cityzens have only beaten us once at home in the last 45 years, which is quite an amazing record. Right now that is one record Wenger can’t afford to broken again tomorrow, or there will be a lot of unhappy fans around the ground after the game…