Wenger targets decisive December push


Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal will come good in December after a disappointing November which saw his side only garner six points from a possible 15 on offer.

Facing Swansea at the Emirates tomorrow, the Gunners also play high-flying West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United and Newcastle United at home before the end of the year with two away games in the Premier League and cup clases with Bradford and Olympiakos.

Currently sitting in seventh place in the table, the boss emphasised the importance of closing the 11 point gap on table toppers Manchester United and Manchester City.

“At the moment the two Manchester sides [are top],” he told Arsenal Player. “They have not been spectacular but efficient, and they have made the maximum of the chances they have created.

“For example, Manchester United have already lost three games and have lost in the Champions League as well. It is exactly what we have done but they took more points and had less draws than we did. That has been the difference until now.

“We will come back. Now we have six games, four at home, and if we do well in this block I think we have a chance to come back. But of course it is vital for us to do well in these games.”

After a difficult start to the season the boss also reserved praise for Thomas Vermaelen after the Belgian’s impressive performance against Everton. Returning to the centre of defence due to Laurent Koscielny’s injury the 27-year-eased lingering doubts about his ability to cope with the responsibility of being captain by producing a sterling showing.

“It was certainly his best game since the start of the season in this position,” Wenger continued.

“That will boost his confidence and hopefully get out of his mind what happened before when he was not completely confident.

“He was physically sharp, confident, calm and important for us.”


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