Wenger hopes to build on Champions League loss

It was a unquestionably a good effort by everybody involved, but it looked like Arsenal eventually ran out of gas in the second half on their dramatic, edge-of-the-seat 3-0 win over Serie A leaders AC Milan. Both teams missed excellent chances to score and this game could have ended up about 6-2 if the chances were taken. But when it was all said and done, they were so close, yet still so far away
Still, there are some positives to be taken from the game and the tie in general. Many of the younger players will have gained some valuable experience from these two matches and realize that a maximum effort has to be put into each and every minute of each and every football game. This defeat could bode well for the future if the players have learned from it.
Arsene Wenger also hopes the players will have gained some much-needed confidence from this fine performance and can carry the momentum with them for the rest of the English Premier League season. Coupled with solid wins over Spurs and Liverpool, Arsenal could now be the favourites when it comes to finishing the campaign in fourth place. It’ll be interesting to see how the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas affects the race between the two London teams for the last Champions League spot.
Wenger understood his players’ disappointment after the pulsating match and he’s urged them to keep their heads held high and continue to play with the same determination for the rest of the season, starting on Monday in another huge clash, this time against Newcastle. A win over the Geordies could basically put them out of the race for fourth, leaving just Chelsea and Arsenal to battle it out.
Wenger said the team’s been on a good run in the league and he realizes there’s still quite a way to go and a lot of hard work to be done. He just hopes that this close loss to Milan doesn’t have a poor psychological affect on his players. He said the squad has grown well together, especially lately and hopes the players can put their disappointment behind them and keep focused on the exciting times that lie ahead.
The manger told the press that each and every point is precious from now until the end of the season and they have a huge battle on their hands in trying to secure as many as they possibly can. He also realizes that if they keep it up there’s a realistic chance of leapfrogging a struggling Spurs side and they could finish as high as third place since their London neighbours are just four points ahead of them. They were trailing them by 10 points two weeks ago.
Wenger added that they have to take each game at a time and take baby steps in their pursuit of Spurs and just see what happens. Of course, Spurs basically control their own destiny when it comes to finishing in third place since they’ve played the Gunners twice already this season. All Arsenal can do is win their games and not worry about anyone else, but just keep their collective fingers crossed that Spurs will drop some points in the last couple of months of the campaign.
The players know that scoreboard watching won’t help them if they don’t pick up maximum points from here on in. Finally, Wenger said his team lost the tie against Milan in the first leg, which was quite obvious, and felt four goals were too much to make up. In the end he was right, but he definitely wouldn’t have minded being proven wrong on that point though.

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