Wenger calls for focus and pragmatism


Arsene Wenger is confident that his players can get back to winning ways when they face AC Milan and urged his players not to forget how good they are despite losing four games on the bounce.

The Gunners have been in wretched form so far in 2018, exiting the FA Cup, losing in the final of the Carabao Cup and falling adrift of their rivals in the chase for a Champions League spot.

Ahead of their last sixteen Europa League first-leg clash at the San Siro, the boss called on his players to focus on making incremental improvements as they look to restore lost confidence.

“In life you forget quickly how good you are,” he told press on Wednesday evening.

“When you have a bad week, players change their mind on their own quality. [We must] not forget we are good football players but as well to fix reachable targets.

“Be practical, pragmatic – focus on what you can do better and analyse well what you didn’t do well and not be scared too much about the consequences of a bad result.

“Focus on defending better, playing quicker and doing more things together. Reachable targets to improve the team.”

While Wenger accepts that the pressure is on his players to deliver success in the Europa League he hopes that having a single aim will focus the minds of his players.

“This is an opportunity for us we have to take. It increases the pressure on you in this competition but as well it is certainly difficult when you go through a patch like that.

“I believe as well it is a good opportunity. You want to show you have the quality and the strength and you can only show that when it is difficult. That’s a good opportunity for us to show as well that we can deal with that and for the longer term make the team even stronger.”

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