Trophy-less Wenger hopes fans will be satisfied with Arsenalís fighting spirit
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes the club’s supporters will be content with the fighting attitude the Gunners have shown in the latter part of the season. Arsenal were unable to fight for silverware this season once again, but their impressive comeback in the Premier League should impress unhappy fans of the club.
Presently, Arsene Wenger is fighting to preserve his legacy of qualifying for the Champions League every year he has been in charge of the London club. The Frenchman has managed to qualify Arsenal for 16 successive season, but this season a huge increase in competition has seen Arsene Wenger falter in the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger claims his “basic target” this season is to secure a Champions League berth, a task that can only be achieved if Arsenal wins the remaining four games of the season.
“The fans see that the team fights,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. “Even when we don't play absolutely outstandingly, we fight. That's what the fans want. Your fans want to be proud of the team. They love the club and of course want the players to act exactly the same.”
Arsene Wenger’s men threw their jerseys towards Arsenal supporters as an expression of gratitude after securing a 1-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday. Arsenal will next have to play against the newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester United. Arsene Wenger believes his team can overcome all obstacles if they continue to perform impressively.
“The character in the team is fantastic and we knew that one point was not enough for us [at Fulham],” Arsene Wenger said. “When the ball was in the box in the last five minutes we always [used to] concede a goal and now we don't. That means that the resilience is there and the team has learnt.”
Arsene Wenger revealed he had already started planning for the Manchester United game. The Emirates boss claims will stick to using Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the heart of Arsenal’s defense, which means club captain Thomas Vermaelen should prepare for another game on the bench.
“They've done well, I must say,” Arsene Wenger continued. “Vermaelen had a very good game against Norwich but we were on a run of good results and good stability and we don't concede goals at the moment so that's why I keep them [Koscielny and Mertesacker] together.
“It's a very difficult decision. Thomas is one of the best defenders in England, like the two others. I told them at the start of the season we have three outstanding central defenders.
“It's about game by game that I make a decision and it is about partnerships as well. Vermaelen has been a substitute for quite a few games and he still plays a big part in the game. Koscielny was a long, long time during the season in that position and that can change very quickly.”