Belfast Telegraph

Wenger desperate for success

Arsene Wenger has vowed to continue to give "every drop of my blood" to make Arsenal into winners.

The Gunners headed to Braga for Monday's Champions League Group H clash still smarting from blowing the chance to go top of the Barclays Premier League after Tottenham fought back from 2-0 down to claim victory at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

"I want this team to win so much that I am giving every drop of my blood to make sure this team wins," Wenger said.

Wenger was fuming at the manner of his team's capitulation against their fierce rivals, throwing a water bottle to the floor in the dugout while also reading his players the riot act after the final whistle.

And while he may have since found some positives in analysing the defeat after emotions had calmed, Wenger insists his desire for the latest generation of Arsenal stars to deliver a first trophy since 2004 burns as fierce as ever.

He said: "I want them to be successful because they deserve it, so of course it hurts when you get so close as we did on Saturday and you do not manage to do it. I just feel we have had two or three opportunities to be top of the league and we did not take it for different reasons.

"But what is encouraging from Saturday is that we turned up with a performance, and also we paid a bit for players being away midweek and we had problems to maintain the focus, concentration and intensity of our game tactically.

"Of course we have huge disappointment in the way we lost the game. It was not rational how we lost a game of that magnitude leading 2-0. The way we conceded the goals, that leaves us with many regrets.

"It is certainly down to something. Sometimes we are easing up in games because maybe subconsciously we feel we need to go through the motions and sometimes there is a more subtle subconscious feeling that we have not won yet and we get a bit nervous when we have to become really concrete.

"But on the other hand, the way the game was run should not make us doubt ourselves because, after the game, it should strengthen our feeling that we have a very important part to play in this league."


From Belfast Telegraph