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Wenger: No crisis to Arsenal

03 Dec 2012 21:17:31

Wenger: No crisis to Arsenal

Defiant manager Arsene Wenger insisted there was no crisis at Arsenal.

The Gunners headed out to Athens for Tuesday's final Champions League Group B clash with Olympiacos on the back of a 2-0 home defeat by Swansea which was preceded by angry fans demonstrations and followed by reports of dressing room bust-ups as well as questions over Wenger's long-term position.

"You should look a little bit at the statistics and not only read the newspapers. I only have one pressure and that is to win the next football game and to play the football I love. All the rest, I don't think that affects me at all. You would be surprised," said Wenger, who has left several first team players back in London and will pack the bench with youngsters.

"Nothing really happened (after Swansea). That the players are not happy after the game, do you want them to do a dance after we lost? This group of players is very strong, very highly motivated, has a very good spirit and they want to win. If they don't win, of course they are upset.

"I am more worried if I see players who laugh in the shower after a game that we lost. We are in a job where the next game is the only important thing, that is how you can show how good you are."

Wenger added: "The situation is at the moment we are behind in the Championship, we want to make ground back, we are qualified for 13 consecutive years in the Champions League, we are qualified in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup and we have our chances in the FA Cup like everyone else.

"We have many challenges and that is what we want to focus on."

Despite Arsenal enduring the worst Premier League campaign under the Frenchman's tenure, with the Gunners down in 10th place and facing an uphill battle to get back into the top four, Wenger maintains all is not yet lost.

Asked if he would swap places with Manchester City, who failed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League once again, the Arsenal manager said: "No, for one simple reason, we have played 15 games, so we have 23 games to come back on them, but once you are out of a cup competition, you cannot come back in again.

"We can make up the distance in the league, but in the Champions League, you are either in or out."


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