Date: 30th March 2017 at 8:40pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal head into a ‘decisive period’ of the season starting with Manchester City this Sunday.

With Pep Guardiola’s side three places and seven points above us – we do hold a game in hand on them – in the Premier League table, as we go into the final third of the campaign which an ongoing FA Cup Semi Final to address as well, Wenger knows April is decisive and really make or break for the year of 2016/17.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his pre game press conference, Wenger also explained that it was also a key month in terms of how Arsenal respond to recent disappointments.

‘I think it’s not only the period that matters – it is a decisive period – but also what is at stake for us is how we respond mentally to a disappointing period and how much we can focus and stick together now.’

With recent disappointments topped off ahead of the international break with a three one defeat to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, Wenger is clearly looking for a response to that game in particular as we simply have to finish the campaign strongly and he felt Manchester City’s attacking style could mean it’s the perfect game to bounce back in and give the fans something to cheer.

‘We come out of a difficult period and we play at home in a very big game. It’s a good opportunity for us to bounce back. I think it’s two teams who, when you look at the numbers, have the best numbers of the final third in the league. That promises to be a very positive, attacking game. Both teams will attack – they go for it, we go for it, so it should be a promising game.’

He also commented that clearly the season will be judged depending on how April and May go for us, so the quicker we can start April with some positives the better it will be for us.

‘Our season will now be decided by the next two months, but as well by the ability and the strength we can show together to fight and come back in a very convincing way. We had a deficit at West Brom on that front and I think the most important will be that our future will be decided by our mental qualities.’

With Video Assistant Referees (VAR) making headlines this international break in the France v Spain friendly and two key decisions being corrected by the system that had been missed by the match day officials, Wenger was fully on board with it being introduced and quickly to the game as clearly it will be an asset and help balance fairness in a game because officials do make mistakes without intending it.

‘Look, I watched the game against Spain and I moved up after the game and thought ‘we are really stupid, why did that not happen 15 years ago?’ That shows just that the football world is still a regressive world that is scared to move forward and I believe that that should have happened a long, long time ago.’

He went on to say.

‘Personally, I always was in favour of it and I said always that the first thing to deal with is the offsides and the game has shown that. If we just look at the many impacts on that, in the game it shows that first of all that you would have gone to completely different conclusions if you did not have video, because France would have won the game. Secondly, I believe as well it will of course create more justice and the second just by coincidence of the two, is that the two incidents were in favour of the home team.’

With human error being a large part in the game when it comes to decisions, Wenger also commented that it would help eradicate deliberate error worldwide.

‘The third thing I think is that it will definitely cut out all the interference and desire to corrupt referees. That exists in the world, you know. This kind of video will be a very good plan to fight against that as well.’

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