Arsene Wenger wants his team to take hold of tonight’s game against West Ham from the start, and not simply react when they’ve gone behind.
Impressive second half performances against Man City and Chelsea were too little, too late, and the Arsenal manager is looking for a better all round performance this evening.
“I don’t question the players’ character but then you look at the consistency of the results in the big games,” he said.
“The attitude of the players is fantastic. They want to do well and are focused, but are maybe a bit too respectful in the big games. Every time we start to show what we can do, the game is already lost. That is what we have to change.
“The players come out and think ‘we could have done better’. But when you look at the first half we lost goals that we shouldn’t lose and 50:50s you cannot lose in big games. You have to go with a mentality in big games based on belief and total commitment.”
Against a team like West Ham, who will try and rattle Arsenal with a more physical approach than any of the most recent opposition, the manager needs to ensure his team aren’t found wanting and requiring a half-time rocket to get them going.
Arseblog News suggests giving the half-time team talk before the game, and at half-time put on some death metal and display images of war and violence on the dressing room wall.
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