Date: 9th February 2017 at 10:49pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal face an interesting week given our back to back defeats and he’s called on the side to be united moving forward.

Losses to Watford and Chelsea have certainly taken their toll on the Premier League title race, but Wenger has called on the team to show ‘what we are made of’ as we go into the game against Hull City this weekend and then show that for the final three months of the campaign to give us the best chance possibly of capitalising on any mistakes Chelsea make.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference, Wenger explained.

‘It`s an interesting week because it`s a good test at an important moment of the season and it`s as well a good opportunity to show what we are made of and to deal with what matters to us. We have a big fight in the Premier League, a big fight in the Champions League, with a big game coming up, and we still have the FA Cup as well.’

Wenger went on to say.

‘We want to do well in all three competitions and that`s as well why it`s important that we focus, respond and get our fans behind the team, because this is an important and very sensitive part of the season – and we have to respond to disappointment together. Our fans have been consistent and have a high level of expectation, as I have as well. But I don`t feel it is absolutely clear. You cannot be a fan until last Tuesday and not be a fan anymore and not be behind the team this Saturday, it doesn`t make sense. We fight with Man United, Man City, Liverpool – they have big expectations as well and big histories. We are in a fight there, we absolutely have to be united or we have no chance to do it. You have Tottenham, everyone is in the fight and everyone is behind their team. We have to do exactly the same, even if we had two disappointing results.’


‘I want the fans to be behind the team. But at the same time, I am not fool enough not to know that the first priority is us and our dynamic inside the team that will create and facilitate the support of our fans. That is down to the quality of our performance.’

Wenger also had praise for goalkeeper Petr Cech given his performances since his arrival at the club and his thoughts on the 34 year old haven’t changed despite the error at Stamford Bridge – he also played down media reports that in light of that error he would make a switch between the sticks for this match.

‘My team is not picked for Saturday yet, so I have to leave my choice open until then. That is not at stake in my thinking at the moment. Petr Cech is a guy who prepares well, is serious, and wants to do well. He was at fault for the third goal but overall I believe he has had a good season. I have three world-class goalkeepers and I am very happy with the three I have.’

In other team news, Mohamed Elneny is back in the squad but Hector Bellerin was still set for some tests as he was speaking so he wouldn’t know if he would come back into contention or not until he got a medical report on him today. At the time of speaking though he hadn’t yet returned to training.

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