Arsene Wenger confident Arsenal can strengthen grip on fourth place
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is upbeat over his side's chances of beating Tottenham in Sunday's north London derby
Arsene Wenger is confident his Arsenal side can beat high-flying Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday to boost the Gunners’ hopes of a top-four finish.
Arsenal’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of AC Milan last week was compounded by Saturday’s FA Cup defeat by Sunderland, leaving Champions League qualification for next season as their only realistic target for this term.
And although Wenger admits Harry Redknapp’s men, who are 10 points ahead of Arsenal in third place, have been in impressive form, the Frenchman is upbeat over his side’s chances at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
“Tottenham are doing well and we are on a good run in the championship so it will be an interesting game,” Wenger told a news conference on Friday.
“For us every game is massive now until the end of the season, we know that. The most important thing is that we enjoy it and that we come out with a good performance.
“We have an opportunity to come back close to Spurs and strengthen our position in fourth place and that is of course a very important target in the season.”
Wenger admitted he faced a difficult task in raising spirits in the Gunners’ camp following the cup defeats but stressed that the north Londoners have no time to feel sorry for themselves.
“You can’t complain – we are in a fantastic job and we have a big game in front of us,” he continued. “To feel sorry for ourselves would be criminal. We have a good opportunity to show that we have character, that we have the mental qualities to play for this club and so let’s go for it.
“We had disappointing results, especially in Milan. The Sunderland game was a bit unfortunate for two reasons: we played three away games on difficult pitches and the game was positioned on an impossible day for us after coming back from Milan. We lost a game against a team with zero shots on target, we scored two own goals.
“We were a bit unlucky because Sunderland played well but there was a 100 per cent penalty on Robin van Persie, things went against us but we won just one week before against Sunderland in the league.
“In the championship we have drawn 0-0 at Bolton and beat Blackburn with a good score. Let’s continue our run. No matter what we say at the moment it will be printed in a negative way. So it is up to us to transform that in a positive way.”