Arsene Wenger: Don’t go overboard with Arsenal criticism
Arsene Wenger claims the fall-out from Arsenal's shock home defeat by Swansea has been "too dramatic"
Arsene Wenger believes the reaction to Arsenal’s surprise defeat by Swansea at the weekend has been too “dramatic” and has called on Gunners fans to be patient with his side ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Olympiakos.
Wenger’s men were beaten 2-0 by the Welsh club on Saturday, dropping the north Londoners into 10th place following their worst start to a season since 1994.
“Let’s not go overboard,” said Wenger ahead of his side’s Champions League trip to Olympiakos on Tuesday. “Every period is difficult, in every game you focus to get the best out of your team.
“We lost on Saturday and of course we are not happy with that. But I am confident that we have a strong team, that we have a strong spirit in the side, and that will come out.
“We have rebuilt the team a little bit, in two ways – first in bringing in new players, secondly in getting some players back from a long-term injury, like [Jack] Wilshere. I feel there is a lot of strength in our team.
“Patience and keeping our mental strength will turn that around in an easy way.
“If you look at people’s reaction, everything is dramatic. What is important is to be capable to play football.”
Wenger did however acknowledge that there are problems to address at The Emirates following his side’s dramatic slump in form, with the Gunners having won just one of their last six Premier League games.
“There’s a problem of course,” said Wenger. “What is important when you have a problem is to do something about it.
“The second thing is the strength to do something about it, and I’m confident we have both. We have the strength and we will do something about it.
“I believe [we must] develop the quality of our game and continue to play better [in] the way we want to [play].”
Olympiakos v Arsenal: Pre-match facts
• Arsenal are back at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, where they lost on matchday six 12 months ago, for Arsene Wenger’s 150th Champions League match.
• Wenger has won 68 of his 149 Champions League matches as a coach, drawing 39 and losing 42. Only Sir Alex Ferguson has overseen more games in the competition (187).
• Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta have played every minute of Arsenal’s group-stage campaign.
• Arsenal conceded seven goals in their opening nine matches in all competitions but have let in 17 in their last 10.