Arsene Wenger has called for the fans to give their full support when the Gunners take on Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.
There was a sense of frustration at the Emirates after the final whistle against Manchester United as they held Arsenal to a goalless draw on Wednesday night.
The French manager has admitted that his players must instil some fresh belief amongst his side’s supporters with a solid performance against the Merseysiders in north London.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
I sense a huge feeling from the crowd to help the team but we have to strengthen that belief with our performance.
The crowd will no doubt be behind us [against Liverpool] but let’s put the vibes out that we have a go and they will be behind us. They were hugely behind us on Wednesday night, [but] they were frustrated at the end of the game like we were.
If they were not behind the team that would be a surprise. We are one point off the lead, we play in the Champions League and we play in the FA Cup. If, on top of that, we have not got a crowd behind us that would be absolutely unbelievable.
We are professional football players. That means we have to cope with every single thing [from] the crowd. That is the job.
After that if you can help [get the fans] behind the team that makes us even stronger. But we cannot expect too much. Let’s have the attitude to have the crowd behind us. They were behind us at Liverpool, when we were 4-0 down.
The Gunners will have a chance to get revenge on Liverpool, the 5-1 loss was horrific but there is no other way to look as the defeat wasn’t because of poor tactics or the wrong team selection, it just wasn’t our day. That loss coupled with the draw against Man United mean that we have won just once in our last four outings.
It’s next to impossible to put a positive view on such a painful result, but I genuinely don’t think Arsenal will play that horrifically this season again. We have some big games coming up and cannot afford any negative momentum. The Gunners have to get on the pitch and show that they mean business.
The other positive is that Arsenal faced a similar scenario back in November when they lost heavily against Man City and followed it up with a home draw against Chelsea but then went on a 10 game unbeaten streak and hopefully we can do the same thing now starting with a win against the Reds.