Arsenal cannot drop points, warns Wenger after edging out Aston Villa

Arsene Wenger warns Arsenal cannot afford to drop any more points after Santi Cazorla's double helps Gunners past Aston Villa

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal
2
Aston Villa
1

Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal cannot afford to drop any more points after Santi Cazorla’s double helped the Gunners past Aston Villa.

Cazorla struck after just six minutes at the Emirates to give Wenger’s men the perfect start but poor defending allowed Villa back into the game in the 68th minute, when Andreas Weimann’s long-range effort beat Wojciech Szczesny.

However, Cazorla ensured the north Londoners bounced back from a turbulent week when he scored the winner in the 85th minute, stroking home Nacho Monreal’s cutback.

And Wenger, whose side are now a point behind Tottenham ahead of Spurs’ trip to West Ham on Monday, has warned that the Gunners must be at their best for the remaining 11 games if they are to secure a top-four finish this season.

“We cannot drop points, I have said that many times after the Chelsea game,” Wenger said. “That is what is in our minds, no matter where we go and who we play.

“We are in a catch-up situation and we depend a little bit on the results of the other teams but vastly on our consistency.

“The key for us is to be consistent and that is why today a draw would have been a very, very bad result for us.”

Wenger also insisted that he has not been affected by the recent criticism aimed his way following the defeats by Blackburn Rovers and Bayern Munich.

“What is most difficult is not the critics, it is that we lost the last two games,” he added. “I am not here to lose games, I want win.

“What hurts me the most is that we lost to Blackburn at home and Bayern at home. When people come to the Emirates, they are not to go away with wins. All the rest concerns me less.

“Of course [it has been difficult], but you do your job and focus on the next game and try to win it. That is what we did.

“I am not 30 years in this job at the top level and going to be destroyed by people saying I don’t know what I’m doing.

“I have been in this job a long time and what is important is that we have responsibilities and we have to stand up for them and get the team ready to go into the next game ready to fight.”

Follow @thesportreview on Instagram

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal FC latest news

MORE: Chelsea FC latest news

MORE: Liverpool FC latest news

Matteo Guendouzi
Jeremie Aliadiere: What Matteo Guendouzi is missing at Arsenal
Philippe Coutinho
Chelsea FC told to sign 20-year-old over Philippe Coutinho this summer
Frank Lampard
Chelsea FC could battle with Man United to sign 28-year-old forward – report
Mikel Arteta
Arsenal to open talks to sign 27-year-old FC Barcelona attacker – report
Juan Mata
Bruno Fernandes names the Man United player he’d self-isolate with
Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger opens up about a potential return to Arsenal
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Arsene Wenger
Bacary Sagna: How Arsenal lost the psychological battle with Chelsea FC
Jordan Henderson (Photo: The Sport Review)
Jordan Henderson more influential than Xabi Alonso at Liverpool FC, claims pundit
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screen grab)
Duncan Castles reports Man United are ‘very impressed’ with 29-year-old