Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Wenger only concerned with Gunners

Arsene Wenger, left, insists his focus is on Arsenal's perfomances and not Tottenham's

Manager Arsene Wenger wants Arsenal to concentrate on their own form during the Barclays Premier League run-in - and not speculate on what crashing out of Europe will do to Tottenham.

The Gunners' north London rivals lost their Europa League quarter-final on penalties to Basle in Switzerland on Thursday night. Arsenal could go back above Spurs if they beat Norwich at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday - and that is all Wenger wants his men to focus on.

"I don't mind if it (losing in Europe) had an influence or not, and I don't care about that because I care about our results," said Wenger, who could have England duo Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott back from injury. "We do not have to look at other teams. We just want to focus on how we want to play and to win our games."

Wenger added: "That is all we want to do - focus on ourselves, win our games and continue to play the way we play, with the same spirit and go from strength to strength in every single game. That is our target.

"I have said many times, there is no room for dropping points - but there is room for winning points and that is what we want to achieve."

Wenger hopes the return of Walcott and Wilshere can help continue his side's momentum following a run of seven wins from the last nine Premier League games.

"The results are depending more on the global energy and the confidence level of the team," he said. "We have built that up over recent weeks, so I believe we have a way to play when we do that well.

"Everybody in the squad can contribute. Having Walcott and Wilshere back is a plus for us."

Thomas Rosicky, who is doubtful for Saturday's match, had impressed since stepping in for Wilshere, the Czech playmaker scoring twice in last weekend's 2-1 win at West Brom.

"I hope that he will be fit. We love him as a player and as a person as well," said Wenger. "What has been the reproach for him is not to score enough goals. When he starts to score, you do not want him to get injured."

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