Arsene Wenger challenges Arsenal to improve despite strong start
Arsene Wenger calls on his Arsenal side to continue improving as the season unfolds as they look to continue their strong start
Arsene Wenger has called on his Arsenal side to continue improving as the season unfolds as they look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.
The Gunners stretched their advantage at the summit of the table to four points thanks to Saturday’s 2-0 triumph over Southampton at Emirates Stadium as they returned to winning ways after their defeat by Manchester United before the international break.
Wenger’s side host Marseille on Tuesday looking for a win to take a large stride towards the Champions League last 16.
And the Frenchman is convinced that the north Londoners have plenty of room for improvement despite their positive start to the season.
“I always think to win helps,” Wenger said. “The confidence of the team is vital, in the Premier League the differences are so small that the confidence can make a difference.
“We are in November, you are not in a calculating mode, we are at the moment just showing that we are a strong team, and let’s improve.
“We have still a lot of room for improvement and that’s what is at stake for us, to become a stronger team from game to game.”
Arsenal v Marseille: Pre-match facts
• It is the third successive season that Arsenal have faced Ligue 1 opponents in the Champions League. A year ago on matchday five they beat Montpellier 2-0 to register their first win in the competition at home to Ligue 1 sides.
• In the four previous Champions League games Arsenal had lost two and drawn two, although their overall home record against French visitors is W4 D3 L2.
• Marseille have only recorded one victory in 11 visits to England, beating Liverpool 1-0 in the 2007-08 Champions League group stage. They have lost six of the other 10 games.
• Mathieu Flamini began his career at Marseille making his senior debut in December 2003. At the end of that season he joined Arsenal for the first time.