Arsene Wenger has hailed his team’s fighting spirit and never say die attitude ahead of the game against Burnley. Arsenal have scored in stoppage time in their last three games and have so far struck 7 times in injury time this season. The Gunners have rescued 3 games from losing positions but have won none of them highlighting their inefficiency.
Wenger was also glad that his team followed up the last-minute minute victory over Anderlecht with a solid away win over Sunderland. That win in hindsight proved to be very crucial as all our rivals dropped points last weekend. United, Chelsea, Liverpool drew while City and Spurs lost. I am hoping for this scenario week in week out where Arsenal win and others lose. That’s isn’t Schadenfreude, is it?
While Wenger appreciates his team scoring late in games and rescuing points, he feels it’s better for the ‘heart’ if Arsenal score early and put the game to bed.
Wenger told arsenal.com
I was very pleased with our victory at Sunderland last weekend. We won on the back of a difficult Champions League game away from home, where we also got three points. If we can now win our games, the fact that we haven’t lost a lot will help us in this league – that’s our target. Against Sunderland, as well as against Anderlecht and Hull, we scored late in the game. That reveals the character, desire and the never-give-up attitude of the team, so that’s fantastic, though it’s much better for my heart if we score early!
Wenger also praised his substitutes for having the desired impact in games.
I respect that will, that refusal to give up, and that consistent desire to win the game a lot. Anderlecht was absolutely amazing on that front. It usually shows that there is a fantastic attitude in the team from the players as well. Many times, it’s the players who come on that make the difference. To have that, you need a good understanding inside the team.
Scoring early and closing games is not only good for Arsene’s heart but for ours also. There are many reasons for our indifferent performances, confidence being one of them. But after our morale boosting wins over Anderlecht and Sunderland, we should have that much vaunted confidence back. Lets put Burnley to the sword.