Arsenal boss’s rallying cry to the fans and his players
10 February, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
Arsene Wenger: ‘It’s an interesting week because it’s a good test at an important moment of the season’
ARSENE Wenger is calling for “unity” within the Arsenal ranks, and has challenged his players and supporters to show just “what they are made of” in the final three months of the season.
Successive defeats in the capital against Chelsea and Watford have left the Gunners 12 points off the Premier League summit, and at risk of dropping out of the top four.
Wenger wants his team to share in the disappointments of recent results, and the Frenchman fully expects fans to play their part, too, by showing their support from the stands.
“It’s an interesting week because it’s a good test at an important moment of the season,” he said.
“And it’s, as well, a good opportunity to show what we are made of and to deal with what matters to us.
“We have a big fight in the Premier League, a big fight in the Champions League, with a big game coming up, and we still have the FA Cup as well.
“We want to do well in all three competitions. And that’s why it’s important that we focus, respond and get our fans behind the team, because this is an important and very sensitive part of the season.
“We all have to respond to disappointment together. Our fans have been consistent and have a high level of expectation, as I have.
“But I don’t feel it is absolutely clear. You cannot be a fan until last Tuesday and then not be a fan any more, and not be behind the team this Saturday, it doesn’t make sense.
“We fight with Man United, Man City and Liverpool – they have big expectations as well and big histories,” Wenger added.
“We are in a fight, we absolutely have to be united or we have no chance to do it.
“You have Tottenham too, everyone is in the fight and everyone is behind their team. We have to do exactly the same thing, even if we had two disappointing results.
“I want the fans to be behind the team. But at the same time, I am not fool enough not to know that the first priority is us.
“Our dynamic inside the team will create and facilitate the support of our fans. It is down to the quality of our performance.”