Wenger calls for Arsenal to go for the throat tonight

Despite the fact that Arsenal have a much stronger defensive line-up now available and have proved that we can defend well, not conceding a single goal in the three Premier League games before the derby loss, Arsene Wenger accepts that the Gunners cannot just sit back.

The manager admitted that Arsenal did that after taking the lead at White Hart Lane and that attitude is a big reason why we ended up on the wrong end of the result. So his words, reported by Arsenal.com, before the Gunners take on bottom club Leicester City at the Emirates stadium tonight, were a reminder to the players not to sit on a lead.

He said, “Tottenham put us in [a difficult] position by putting us under pressure, and we were reluctant to come out from the back and play a little bit because we were 1-0 up.

“Maybe we regret that we wanted to protect our goal advantage too much. We put the intensity, the effort, the focus and the commitment in. I feel it’s now [important to] focus on the next one and forget about that.”

Assuming that Arsenal do score the first goal, the Frenchman will clearly expect them to push on and try to score more, without going too crazy and leaving just one or two players back of course. Just because our defence is better now we have Laurent Koscielny fit again and with Francis Coquelin giving great cover in midfield, does not mean that we should invite teams onto us too much.

The struggling visitors should be the perfect opportunity for the Gunners to really get back in the attacking and creative groove, so are we all expecting a thumping win and a clean sheet?

Tags Leicester tottenham

24 Comments

  1. fred cowardly says:

    Hopefully, Spurs delight will be Leicester’s nightmare

    1. muda says:

      And to make it even better, if. Liverpool won against them, and we get back to where belong (ahead of totts)

  2. ArseOverTit says:

    If he can see during the game we are too over defensive, Well why the f@ck does he not open his mouth to stop us sitting back. Or get someone to do so

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      ?

      Serious question..

    2. ArseOverTit says:

      Don’t just down me ghost, defend how this is acceptable coach behaviour?

      1. YingYang69 says:

        Yeh i know what you mean, would prefer them to give a counter argument seeing as they obviously disagree.

      2. NIKK says:

        Only fook nose!

  3. Twig says:

    Getting prepared to rob 3 points from Leicester City tonight 😉

  4. SaveArsenal says:

    “I feel it’s now [important to] focus on the next one and forget about that.”

    Heard Wenger say that many many times too often in post match press conferences for games we should have won.
    Team needs a balance and a direction, I don’t think Wenger is the man to do that, once again he lost the game on poor tactics and not being able to adapt mid game.

    1. Tidan2 says:

      bullshit, just because we end above them every season in the table and they are our rivals doesn’t mean an away game at a strong tottenham side is a “game we should have won”. Wenger is no tactical genius but we lost because Ramsey was very poor in possession, Cazorla wasn’t really in the game, Welbeck didn’t help Bellerin out enough (or effectively enough) and Bellerin was overrun by Rose.

      1. ArseOverTit says:

        And what does the coach do? Substitute under performers? Communicate displeasure? Drop them for the next game?

        No, nada, nothing, zilch

  5. Sumo says:

    Getting a gut feeling Krystein Beilik may debut today.

    1. Tidan2 says:

      he didn’t play the u21 match so maybe you are right; wouldn’t mind really, Leicester at home means we will dominate possession anyway so it’s probably a better game for him to debut (if that’s the plan).

      1. davidnz says:

        Yes sure Bielik will be on the bench at least.

  6. davidnz says:

    Many players need game time
    We should trust our squad now
    not limit them to FA cup games.
    A while back I predicted de abreu would start
    v Leicester and I think I will be proven right.

    Ospina
    Chambers de abreu Mertz Gibbs
    Flamini Rosicky
    Walcott Ozil Sanchez
    Giroud.
    Subs
    Szcz Bellerin Monreal Bielik Ramsey Cazorla Wellbeck

    1. Mick The Gooner says:

      Now that Ospina has conceded two goals and we have lost a game, Wenger has an excuse, albeit a very weak excuse, to drop him. Feasible that we’ll see Szczesny starting tonight.

      It seems a shame, Ospina has impressed me these few games. I really wasn’t sure of him before, he looks a little too small to be a top keeper, but he’s won me over.

    2. Tidan2 says:

      I agree, Kos has just come back from injury, perfect time to debut. Also agree that we should give the side-liners a chance after a poor performance and only 3 days break.

  7. Mick The Gooner says:

    The broadcasting rights for 2016/17 to 2019/2020 have just been sold. A 70% increase in TV money for the domestic market for premier league clubs. Combined with sales for overseas TV rights too (which should give an even bigger increase).

    That is a huge amount of money – the rest of Europe will not be able to compete with the Premier League for much longer, even Real and Barcelona with their individual TV right sales.

    Strengthens our chances of winning the Champions League some time! But for the moment at least, we have to stay in the top 4 and ideally win the title, but definitely challenge for it!

    1. davidnz says:

      If you have 6 EPL teams with
      billion dollar budgets how many can
      win the title each season ?

      1. Mick The Gooner says:

        One. Winning the title is the aim, challenging for the title is the necessity.

    2. Jim A says:

      Good shout out Mick. Thanks for the info.

  8. Matt says:

    We will beat Leicester 3-0 and Spurs will draw 1-1 with Liverpool and we will move ahead of them again, where we belong, where we’ve always belonged and where we will always belong.

  9. davidnz says:

    Spurs drawing at Anfield would be a
    good result for Arsenal but I
    predict Liverpool 5 Spurs 1
    Arsenal 7 Leicester 2.

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      What are you smoking?
      Can I get some?

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