Arsenal manager not panicking despite defeats against Chelsea and Dortmund

Is Arsenal’s season in danger of unravelling? The Gunners are top of the Premier League table although they have recently been beaten at home by Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal manager not panicking despite defeats against Chelsea and Dortmund

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Andy

October 30th, 2013

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Tuesday night’s defeat against the Blues perhaps shouldn’t be seen as a surprise result considering that Jose Mourinho has far more squad depth at Stamford Bridge than Arsene Wenger does at the Emirates.

Similarly, Borussia Dortmund reached the final of the Champions League last season and there was no disgrace in being beaten by German opposition last week.

It’s certainly the way that Arsene Wenger sees things ahead of Saturday’s game against Liverpool, with the Frenchman calling for calm after two home defeats in the space of a week.

Wenger said: “Let’s not go too quick to conclusions. If you take the points we have made since 1 January, it’s more than anyone else. On a longer distance, you’ll see more of the quality of the team than in the last two games. It’s difficult to swallow what happened to us in the last week, but the mistakes we have made are so big that they can be corrected. We have to keep the basis of our game and go into the next one.

“In football it’s always difficult to be definite. People go quickly to definite conclusions. After the first game [loss] against Aston Villa we were relegated. Today we are in a strong position in the league.

“Do not draw conclusions too quickly. We have [Theo] Walcott, [Lukas] Podolski and [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain out, players who have a big impact offensively. If you put them in, it’s a completely different type of team. But it’s now about how we rid ourselves of these mistakes without losing the belief in our qualities. That is what is at stake.”

Victory against Liverpool this weekend would certainly redress the balance for Arsenal, with Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker among those players set to return to the first team.

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