Monday 19 March 2018

Wenger eyes early bullet

ARSENE Wenger hopes Arsenal do not put his emotions through the mangle again when they look to continue their winning run at Everton tonight.

The Gunners head to Goodison Park on the back of five straight Premier League wins which have catapulted them up into the top four.

Arsenal have come from behind in four of those games, most recently with a stoppage-time winner from Thomas Vermaelen to beat Newcastle 2-1 at Emirates Stadium nine days ago.


Wenger would rather enjoy a comfortable win, but will take another crucial three points any way they come.

"Every time we were behind and every time we have shown outstanding spirit. It is not fantastic for your emotions, but overall when it finishes well you accept to suffer," Wenger said.

"If that is the price we have to pay we are ready, but you just want to continue with the same attitude because I don't believe in luck too much on that side of the game.

"If you come back it is because you fight and if you fight you have a chance to come back. So let's fight first."

Wenger continued: "We are in a good, positive momentum. Now it is focusing on the next run to keep that going.


"That means playing with the quality we have played with recently and as well with the team attitude and spirit we have shown.

"I am sure that will get us the result."

Should results go their way this week, Arsenal could find themselves in third place ahead of the next round of fixtures, which see rivals Tottenham travel to Chelsea.

Wenger accepts there is little margin for error in the battle for Champions League qualification.

"It is so fragile that it is just down to the next performance. Therefore that is what you want to focus on," he said.

"We had a little bit of a breather because we could come out of the Newcastle game and not play for nine days basically, so it is important for us to focus again and keep the momentum going."

Wenger added: "It is a key time. The fixtures are difficult for Arsenal, for Chelsea, for Tottenham.

"It will be about who does the best and who does the best will be the team who focuses on the next game, on the next result and on the next quality of the game.

"That is what we want to do of course, just focus on our next game and try to do as well as we can."

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