Backpage Roundup: Wenger Won’t Quit Just Yet, Cazorla Rues ‘Inconsistent’ Form, Hill-Wood Suffers Heart Attack, Winning UCL Group Means Nothing and More

Wenger Won’t Quit Arsenal Just Yet

Arsene Wenger has declared that he won’t quit Arsenal just yet but will evaluate his options at the end of the season.

The Gunners lost out 2-0 to Swansea at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, after which calls for Wenger’s sacking intensified. While the Frenchman hinted that he might leave the North London club next summer, he made it clear that quitting his job right now is out of the question.

When asked if an abrupt resigning is on his agenda, Wenger said: “Not at all. You make your assessment at the end of the season. I know we’ve got unrest everywhere. It’s a good opportunity to stick together and show we’re a strong club.”

 

Cazorla Rues ‘Inconsistent’ Form

Santi Cazorla believes that Arsenal must solve their consistency issues in order to become a genuine contender for the Premiership title.

The Gunners’ form in the league has been very up and down this season, with some brilliant results followed by disappointing defeats and draws. They now trail leaders Manchester United by a massive 15 points and Cazorla feels that Arsenal’s desire of recapturing the Premiership title will never materialise unless they get inconsistency out of their system.

The Daily Mail have quoted the Spaniard as saying: “We don’t know exactly what the problem is. It’s true that we’re inconsistent. I believe that to challenge for the Premier League, those games can’t get away from us. Take the Fulham game, we were 2-0 up. You can’t then be drawing within five minutes. Those points aren’t coming back.

“And the other day against Aston Villa, there’s a game which I believe we really had the desire to win, because these are points that we can’t let get away. Then you see City, United winning on those days. That’s the difference. To fight for the title, it’s about taking points from those teams.

“It’s a little bit frustrating. We’re a good team, good players, training well. But there are moments in those games when we don’t know how to control them. There’s a significant gap between us and United and City. They’ve got away a bit. We have very little margin for error.”

 

Hill-Wood Suffers Heart Attack

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood suffered a heart attack on Friday but is in stable condition, the club have announced.

The 76-year-old had been battling pneumonia before being hit by the heart problem that required him to be hospitalised. He is still at the hospital under medical observation but is expected to make full recovery from the said health scare.

To address the issue, Arsenal released a statement which read: “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club sends their support and best wishes to Chairman Peter Hill-Wood who is recovering after suffering a heart attack, following a bout of pneumonia.

“Peter was taken ill at home on Friday and is currently being treated in hospital. He is making a good recovery. The Club wishes Peter a full and speedy return to health and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.”

 

Swans Defeat Big Blow for ‘Jaded’ Gunners

Arsene Wenger was honest while evaluating the performance of his players after Arsenal were defeated 2-0 by Swansea City at Emirates on Saturday.

The Gunners went down to a late double strike from the Swans striker Michu and Wenger admitted in the post-match interview that the defeat was a major setback for his side.

The Arsenal boss said: “We gave it away by not being creative. It’s a concern because we didn’t create a lot, we ran against a wall, our passing was not sharp and was not quick enough. We looked jaded. It’s a big blow because we wanted to start December well. Games come quickly and we have to find the quality of our game. The way we played today is not how we want to play football.”

Gervinho: Winning UCL Group Means Nothing

Gervinho doesn’t think it would be a major disadvantage for Arsenal if they fail to qualify for the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions as group winners.

The Gunners have already qualified for the next round but whether or not they win Group B is out of their own hands. In case league leaders Schalke win their final game against Montpellier in France, then they will finish at the top, meaning that the second-placed Arsenal could have a tougher opponent in the next round.

While some might want to avoid the big European teams in the knockout stage, Gervinho doesn’t have any such worries.

In an interview with Arsenal Media, the Ivory Coast international said: “Whether you finish first or second, there will always be some big teams in the next round. If a team has qualified for the last 16, it’s because there is a lot quality in it, so the further you go in the competition, the tougher it gets.

“Our objective is to finish top of the group, but if we finish second, it won’t be the end of the world either. Look at Real Madrid, they are sure to finish second, so if you win your group, you could still face them in the last 16. The most important thing is to be in great form before playing in the knockout stages.”

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