Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal have been held back by injuries
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s returning full-backs have provided the club with a huge boost ahead of their end-of-season run-in
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s returning defenders will give the Gunners a timely boost as the race for a fourth-place finish intensifies.
The 62-year-old Gunners boss has been without the injured Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos and Carl Jenkinson for large parts of the season.
And Wenger admits his side’s performances have been affected by their defensive instability as a result of the long-term absentees.
“I felt that for a long time we had to play players out of position and when we go into crucial games that is not ideal,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.
“You play a right-back in the right back position, and a left back in the left-back position and it gives you a natural balance.
“So far we are in a shape that is quite positive because we are motivated, we have good confidence levels and we have some players available who are used to playing in those positions.”
Arsenal make the trip to Merseyside to face Liverpool on Saturday – but Wenger does not expect the Reds’ Carling Cup final win to have an effect on the outcome of game.
“I don’t think the cup victory will have a massive impact. What is at stake is a Champions League position,” he added.
“Liverpool have the same target as we have and it will be tight, but compared to us they are in the position we are in with Tottenham seven points behind, but they have a game in hand.
“It is difficult for everybody and every game now will be special. That is why it is a massive game for both teams.”