Arsenal FC manager thinks beating Manchester City key to title triumph
Arsenal face Manchester City on Monday night, with Arsene Wenger hoping his team can build on last season’s 2-0 win at the Etihad
December 21st, 2015
Arsene Wenger has seen plenty of his best players leave the Arsenal squad over the past few years and several of them have signed for Manchester City.
Emmanuel Adebayor made the notorious switch from the Emirates Stadium, although Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Samir Nasri have all followed and Wenger admits that it’s been tough competing with City considering the latter have been prepared to pay players more.
However, Arsenal are currently competing well in the Premier League and Monday night’s clash gives the Gunners an opportunity to get one over their main title rivals.
“The title will be won by taking points off the bigger teams,” Wenger said.
“Maybe more than ever because the championship appears to be very tight. We have played 16 games and the top team is on 38 points. So it means that the Premier League title could be decided at around 80 points. Consistency will be the main priority because every week, you are surprised by the results. We have really established a good run so it’s important to continue that.
“It was difficult to take [when Arsenal lost players to City] but we had to survive financially and we had to live with it,” Wenger said. “I cannot say it will never happen again because you never know, but we are in a position today where we don’t have to give in.
“It [the question of our character] was true for a while because we were a young team and a young team can be up and down. We have to accept that [the question] is part of it. But we have to give our answer on the pitch week-in, week-out and, slowly, that will die.
“What we did at Olympiakos in the Champions League shows we are not a team of no character.”