Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger concedes that currently Arsenal have not been producing the standard of beautiful football we are so accustomed to seeing, but insists that creativity will come with confidence.
After a rough start to the season, the gunner’s seem to be gaining some confidence after stringing together victories over Sunderland and Marseille with gritty performances and hopefully this will go a little way to giving some belief to the team.
The Arsenal manager said on the situation in a pre-match press conference:
[Our football] doesn’t trouble me too much at the moment,” he said.
“But you will see that, with confidence, this team will be very creative.
I do not want to convince that we play in a fantastically eye-catching way at the moment but I believe as well the critics have gone a bit overboard.
We have played exceptionally well in the past and they are used to that kind of game. Now, because we have bad results, people have just put in their mind that we have a bad team.
However if you analyse deeper our games and, if you watch them again, then although we have some improvements still to make it is not as bad as people say.
We had to become a bit more stable defensively. After you concede eight goals it’s always a shock for a team.
But we have gone through a stage where we had first to settle down again and be more stable defensively.
When we get our confidence back we can be more eye-catching than we are at the moment.”
I am inclined to agree with Arsene, as at this stage grinding out the points will no doubt aid the players in gaining the confidence they so sorely need. No doubt a victory over Stoke will help even further!