Arsene Wenger: Why I’m so positive my Arsenal team will succeed

The Arsenal manager is convinced that his side have all of the ingredients for success

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta

Arsene Wenger has declared himself “very positive” about his Arsenal team, despite their poor start to the season.

The Gunners head into Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on the back of successive Premier League defeats which have added to the north London club’s worst-ever start to a top-flight season.

But despite the widespread criticism which has gathered pace in the wake of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Emirates Stadium, Wenger’s unconditional belief in his troops remains unchanged.

We have to accept that when you lose the game, you get hammered

Arsene Wenger

“I’m very positive about this team,” said Wenger, whose side need one point from two games to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. “I think it’s one of the best teams I’ve had for a long time.

“Let me keep my analysis to myself. It would take a long, long time to go through all that.

“There are a lot of positives. For example, we are a team who gives very few chances away. We are a team with the least shots against [them] in the Premier League. We are team who creates more chances than every team in the Premier League.

“There are a lot of positives there but I agree with you that at the end of the day, you win the game or lose the game. It depends sometimes on very little things.

“I think we have a good team dynamic and what doesn’t work at the moment, we can get right.”

Wenger also insisted that he is not affected by the criticism aimed his way when his side are struggling for form.

“I’m just disappointed that at the moment – there is life in our team, a dynamic in our team and there is quality in our team,” he said.

“We know a little bit where we failed on Saturday. I’m long enough in the game to know if there is something there [in the team] or not – and there is a lot there.

“We have to accept that when you lose the game, you get hammered.”

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