Arsene Wenger says the best way that Arsenal can respond to Troy Deeney’s suggestion that they lack ‘cojones’ is for them to beat Watford on Sunday.
The Watford striker came off the bench in October to equalise from the penalty spot against the Gunners at Vicarage Road in a game the Hornets went on to win 2-1 in stoppage time.
After the match, Deeney made headlines by suggesting that whenever he plays Arsenal he finds it easy to outmuscle them. Rather than be drawn into a war of words ahead of Sunday’s showdown at the Emirates, Wenger made clear that his sole focus is on securing three points.
He said: “You don’t think we’ve had enough controversy in the last week? We don’t need to add some more!
“What we can do is just respond with the quality of our performance. We’re not going to focus on what people say. You understand that if you respond to every single statement, I would be mad. I may already be but I would be even more mad.
“Let’s just focus on playing our game and winning again. It’s important to win and then win again to build up the belief. That’s absolutely vital.”
The Gunners will definitely have to be wary of Javi Gracia’s side on Sunday. The Hornets have won two of their last three games at the Emirates and four of their last seven at our place. One of our biggest problems recently has been keeping clean sheets. Thursday’s win in the San Siro was only our second of the year and should we fail to keep one on Sunday, it’ll be our worst run in the top-flight since 1988.