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Friday, February 22, 2013

Wenger still defiant

Arsene Wenger has come out fighting once more; dismissing reports he is considering his future at Arsenal and insists he is as hungry as ever.

The Frenchman has been under steadily increasing pressure over recent seasons as each year passes without a major trophy.

He is, to a certain extent, a victim of his own success, given the marvellous ‘invincibles’ side he built in 2004 and the raised expectations that has brought since.

However, things have certainly come to a head this season with the club sliding down the league table, crashing out of both cups to lower league opposition and were most recently humbled 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Prior to that game, Wenger gave an extraordinary press conference, clearly riled by incorrect reports he had been offered a new contract. He raged and ranted at reporters in a way totally at odds with his usual calm thoughtful demeanour, adding weight to the theory on Betfair  that he is feeling the heat at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger stormed down the tunnel after the Bayern defeat in midweek and refused to speak to the media afterwards, though when he did attend a press conference a few days later where his mood had unsurprisingly improved.

The latest round of speculation in the aftermath of their latest defeat suggested Wenger was considering his future, something that inevitably dominated the gathered reporters’ questioning at the Gunners’ training ground.

Asked directly if he had considered his position this week, Wenger said: "Never. Not one second. I don't think that [motivation] spark has anything to do with the length of your life. It is just that's how you are and you're motivated by how much you want to win and how much you are a winner.

"If I go out now and play one against one with you, you will see I will beat you and at least if I don't manage to beat you, I will want to beat you. That will not change as long as I can move."
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Wenger calls for unity

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has demanded that his side put the disappointment of Saturday’s shock FA Cup defeat to Blackburn behind them and focus on earning a place in the top four.

The Gunners haven’t won a major trophy for almost eight years but after making it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, they were expected to be one of the main contenders to reach Wembley.
However, like so many other times over the last few seasons, things didn’t go to plan for the North Londoners as they were knocked out by the Championship side on Saturday.
With them already being out of the title race and looking unlikely to win the Champions League, the FA Cup was seen as a huge opportunity but after deciding to rest a host of his stars, Wenger’s men struggled to build any momentum and went down to Colin Kazim-Richards’ second half effort.
The defeat has seen more pressure heaped on the veteran Frenchman, with some fans now believing that his time at the club is up and that it would be better if he left.
Indeed punters who bet on premier league games feel their near rivals Tottenham are overwhelming favourites to finish in the top four.

However, the 63-year-old is refusing to bow to the pressure and has now called on his players to prove that they are good enough to play for such an illustrious club as Arsenal.
"It is very painful and disappointing to lose a game like that. It is now important to focus on the next game," the Gunners boss said to premier league betting news reporters. "We were not good enough to win today. It's as simple as that.
"Not one defeat is acceptable. You are in this job to win every single game.
"The season is not over. For you maybe, not for me. If we feel sorry for ourselves we would be completely wrong,” he added.