Wenger: I just focus on trying to win the next game


Arsene Wenger faced the BT Sport cameras after Arsenal secured safe passage to the FA Cup semi-finals with a comfortable 5-0 win against non-League side Lincoln City.

In a sign of the times, the only question posed to him about the match regarded Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury, otherwise, it was all about his future and the general mood around the club at the moment.

On issuing a rallying call to his experienced players in his programme notes…

We had recently big disappointments in the Champions League and a very difficult environment. After that in our job we have to respond in the next game and therefore you need players who are solid mentally and united. Of course, it’s easier when you’ve been through difficult periods before than when you’ve not known it.

On injuries…

It’s a hamstring problem [for Oxlade-Chamberlain] and we have to assess that on Monday.

On how he’s sleeping these days…

Well, let’s not talk about me too much. That has been done a lot recently. I’ve shown in my life that I’ve tried to serve this club with complete commitment. I will do that as long as I’m here. How long? I don’t know at the moment. I think I have shown a lot of loyalty and my preference is here. I’ve repeated that many times.

On whether that sounds more conditional than previous statements he’s made…

No, it’s not conditional. It’s just how I feel about the situation. I focus on my job and I always did that. I let other people judge my performances, I always did that. I’m not too much worried about all the rest. I just focus on trying to win the next game and getting players to perform.

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