Wenger calls for unity, creativity and better defending


Arsene Wenger says his team need to start defending better and improve their efficiency and creativity in the final third if they are to get their season back on track.

Arsenal have lost four of their last five Premier League games and currently sit sixth in the Premier League albeit with two games in hand on fourth place Liverpool.

Dismissing suggestions that his contract situation is taking a toll on his players, the boss highlighted the on-field issues that need to be rectified as the Gunners prepare to face Manchester City on Sunday.

“What’s gone wrong? We don’t defend well enough and that’s what’s gone wrong,” he told Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves. 

“We can still have to turn this around by the end of the season. It’s a strange season because we played 20 games unbeaten and then you slip slightly away in one game, two games and suddenly it becomes a problem.

“We have 11 games to go in the Premier League and now you cannot change completely the structure of the team,” he added.

“The same players have won games and the same players have lost games. I have tried many changes in the last five or six games and it does not always come off.

“I have to come back to the strength of the team as much as I can. That is basically our attacking potential and we also have to focus on our togetherness and our desire to prepare our future”

Drawing attention to the possession stats during Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, a game the Gunners controlled for long periods without looking dangerous, Wenger continued:

“We had 70 per cent of the ball at West Brom and didn’t create a lot. That is obviously a concern so we have to come back to being more creative, playing with more flow and more freedom as well because when the results go against you play with the handbrake on.”

Adding meat to the bones of his rallying call, Wenger also played up the necessity of squad unity given the negative atmosphere enveloping the club.

“We have to stand up and be counted all together. I do not especially look at one or the other one. As a group, as a unit Arsenal needs to be together.

“We are in a difficult situation together and we have to respond together. Life is a great opportunity to fight and when you have that turn up and go for it.

“Show that you can fight, that for me is what is interesting in life. It’s not always a motorway because sometimes it’s a bumpy way and you still need to get to the destination.”

Wenger’s full interview with Sky Sports, in which he repeatedly bats away questions about his future, can be read here.

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