June 22, 2018

You forget quickly how good you are - Wenger acknowledges Arsenal confidence crisis

10 March 2018, 01:29 | Donald Newman

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Aubameyang's reply, shortly before half-time, had the effect of quietening those fans who had taunted Wenger and injected a sense of nervousness into Brighton's play.

With Arsenal languishing in sixth place in the Premier League, 13 points behind Tottenham in fourth place, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has admitted that he thinks the Gunners may even finish lower than sixth place which they are now occupying.

The slump in Premier League form now means winning the Europa League, as Manchester United did last season, is the clearest path to returning to European football's top table.

"He tried, he went out, but couldn't absorb the training session so we had to leave him behind", Wenger said.

"It doesn't look a long-term problem".

Wenger has been under pressure from the fans for much of the last decade, but FA Cup wins in 2014, 2015 and 2017, along with regular UEFA Champions League qualification prior to past year, has helped the Frenchman remain at the club. I think it is a good opportunity. "It increases the pressure on it even more, this competition".

"You want to show you have the quality and the strength and you can only show that when it is hard". But the atmosphere in our team has to be good and it is good as well, because we can not bury our heads in the sand right now.

The Gunners stumbled through the last round against Swedish minnows Ostersunds 4-2 on aggregate, losing the second leg 2-1 on home soil, and will face a significant test against Genaro Gattuso's rejuvenated side.

'We can't be afraid of the 70,000 crowd [at the San Siro], we need to play with great technical and physical quality.

"We're up against a side who are struggling, but they are still better than us. I'm long enough in the job to know what's going on and I'm long enough in the job as well to know that what's most important is to make sure you focus on what's important, that you give absolutely your best with full commitment".

"We need to be together".

Those Arsenal supporters calling for his head will take some convincing, while Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny claimed Wenger must take his share of the blame.

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