Speaking after the 2-1 win against Anderlecht, Per Mertesacker had claimed that the team were not playing to their full potential and needed to train harder.
We are not at our best. Football-wise we lack a few things. We have to be honest to ourselves and train harder.
However, yesterday manager Arsene Wenger refuted these comments and said that he felt his side’s attitude in training was not to blame for Arsenal’s stop-start form so far this term. This is what he had to say:
I don’t know what he meant by that. You have to be careful about the statements after the game.
I think we train very hard and the spirit is right, the attitude is there. But I believe it’s more linked with confidence at the moment but I cannot fault the attitude.
Where Per is right, you get confidence back completely by working harder.
The win against Anderlecht will have given the side some measure of confidence. Hopefully this is enough for the Gunners to ensure that we win the game against Sunderland today.