Arsenal start has been ‘uncomfortable’ – Wenger

Arsène Wenger believes victory at Spurs on Sunday will help to put Arsenal's difficult start behind them

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Fifteen years: Wenger has been in charge at Arsenal since 1996 PA Photos

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Arsène Wenger admitted Arsenal’s start to the season has been “uncomfortable” before vowing to seal a confidence-boosting win at Spurs on Sunday.

The Gunners have lost half of their opening six Premier League games, including a humiliating 8-2 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford in August, with their miserable form leaving them in 13th place in the table.

Wenger, who will celebrate 15 years as Arsenal manager on Saturday, concedes it has been a tough few weeks at The Emirates but insisted he will do everything in his power to turn the Londoners’ fortunes around, starting at White Hart Lane this weekend.

“I want to try to give my best because only the best is acceptable and if I don’t manage to do it I am very sad like when we had a bad start to the season,” said Wenger. “It is uncomfortable but we keep going.”

Looking ahead to the north London derby, the Arsenal manager added: “It’s not like any other game. It is for us an opportunity to continue our way back to a more ambitious position in the league.

“The fact that it is a derby makes it more difficult but it is more enjoyable.

“It is a very important game, you know the next game is always the most important in your life. We do not try to play down its importance at all, I just think it’s the same home or away – if you play well you win.

“It is fantastic. Both sets of fans are up for it. We have done very well over the years but most important is to play football.”

Wenger, whose side overcame Bolton Wanderers last weekend before beating Olympiakos in midweek, says it is now crucial that Arsenal build some momentum by putting a string of positive results together.

“Every win makes you stronger, especially when you come from a difficult period,” he said. “For us it’s important to get wins together and get the confidence back.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has joined West Ham United on a month-long emergency loan deal after Robert Green was ruled out for around six weeks with a knee injury.

Fifteen years in north London – Wenger’s record

Games: 858
Wins: 496
Draws: 198
Defeats: 164
Goals scored: 1,582
Goals conceded: 811


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