Backpage Roundup: Arsenal Playing For Victory in Athens, Wenger Won’t Quit, Arteta Understands Anger of Boo-Boys, Szczesny Wants Gooner Support and More

Arsenal Playing for Victory against Olympiakos – Gervinho

Gervinho has revealed that Arsenal will be playing for a win against Olympiakos on Tuesday night despite the fact that their place in the knockout stages is already confirmed.

Coach Arsene Wenger is expected to rest a few players for their trip to Athens but Gervinho says that even a weakened Arsenal side will try and take all three points against the Greek club.

In an interview with Arsenal.com, the Ivory Coast international said: “It’s a bit different for us because first place of the group is still up for grabs so we do have something to play for, even if we have qualified already. Even if we have already qualified, we have to stay focused and humble. For the rest of the competition, it would not be good to finish the group stages with a defeat.”

 

Wenger Has No Intention of Quitting

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is fully aware of the mounting pressure around his job at Arsenal but is adamant that he won’t resign himself.

After last weekend’s defeat to Swansea City, the Gunners find themselves in 10th position on the league table and their hopes of winning the Premiership title seem to be over once again. As a result, the fans have lost their patience and some of them believe that it’s time that Wenger leaves the club as soon as possible. The Frenchman, however, has made it clear that he has no intention of quitting voluntarily and is planning to fulfil his contract with the club which still has one more season to go after this one.

In a recent interview, Wenger said: “If you ask me always about my future, I can only give you one answer. I always respected my contracts and that is it. At home we have struggled with confidence and belief. It’s difficult to put a finger on it because we won 5-2 against Tottenham and we had not lost for a while.

“You look at the moment at this uncertainty amongst the fans, where there is not complete confidence that we will win games. I don’t know if it has an influence on our performance – we have to look at the solution from inside and not expect too much from outside.

“I believe that at the moment we cannot be satisfied with the quality of our game but, at the moment, that is more important than the psychological side. But this was a more physical factor than psychological.”

 

Gunners Searching For Internal Solutions

Arsene Wenger believes that spending big bucks in the winter transfer market is not necessarily the solution to Arsenal’s woeful league form.

It was thought that as a result of the club’s poor performances in the league and the fact that they have just secured a lucrative sponsorship deal, the Gunners boss would spend a substantial sum in January on new players. But the Frenchman has hinted that he would try and solve his team’s problems with the options he already has at his disposal rather than bringing in some quality reinforcements next month.

Wenger said: “At the moment there is uncertainty among the fans, they do not have complete confidence we will win the game. Has it an influence on our performance? I don’t know. We have to look for a solution from inside, and not look too much from outside.”

 

Gooners Right to Boo Us – Arteta

Mikel Arteta believes that Arsenal fans had every right to be displeased with them after their recent 2-0 defeat against Swansea at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners went down to a late double by Swans forward Michu, after which the club fans didn’t held back their frustrations and openly booed the players and manager Arsene Wenger. While some may find it hard to get such treatment from their own fans, Arteta says it was perfectly normal since he and his teammates failed to do their job properly.

The Spaniard said: “They’ve got all the right to be upset with us. We can’t keep asking them to be behind us if afterwards we don’t give them back what they deserve. So it’s up to us. We have to respect what they do. We will get criticised, and it’s part of our job, but the main thing is everyone gives 100 per cent and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

“We can’t keep asking the fans to stay behind us. They will be very frustrated and it’s up to us to put it right. I think they’ve been understanding until now. Hopefully they can be with us because it will be better for everyone.

“But, as well, it’s very understandable that they have to shout. They are disappointed and the only chance they have is on a Saturday on the football pitch. When there are bad results, obviously everyone will be criticised. Not only the manager but the players and the staff, we are no different. It’s our fault if we haven’t done it.”

 

Szczesny Wants Gooners to Keep Supporting

Wojciech Szczesny has urged Arsenal’s disgruntled fans to not give up hope and support their team in this time of crisis.

The Arsenal goalie admits that he and his teammates need to up their game but he also wants the Gooners to play their part in helping the team’s revival.

The London’s Evening Standard have quoted Szczesny as saying: “Even after a game like that when everyone is disappointed, the fans are disappointed, the players are disappointed, it is very easy to give up and just say that we are not good enough.

“It is very hard right now. This defeat is even more disappointing because we played at home against a Swansea side in a game you should be winning comfortably when you play for this club. We got battered and there’s no hiding from it – they were the better team from start to finish and it makes it even harder for us.

“It’s about time for us to realise something has gone wrong and we have to do something about it because I don’t think the fans deserved [what they saw]. The stadium was empty when the game finished and I don’t blame them. We must stick together and work harder because it was not good enough.”

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