Arsene Wenger has urged his team to stop the silly mistakes that have hampered them in recent games. Slack defending allowed Robert Lewandowski to grab a late winner in the Champions League for Borussia Dortmund while Cesar Azpilicueta latched on to a Carl Jenkinson back header to beat Lukasz Fabianski in the Capital One Cup.
Those mistakes led to victories for both teams and Wenger wants to see those mistakes eradicated for the visit of Liverpool on Saturday. Despite their progress being halted in the Champions League and being dumped out of the League Cup, the Gunners are still flying high in the Premier League and could push away with a victory over third placed Liverpool. A victory for the Reds would see them leapfrog Arsenal in the table.
The two defeats to Dortmund and Chelsea have raised questions about Arsenal’s quality against the bigger sides having only faced Tottenham out of last season’s top seven but their display in the Champions League against Napoli was faultless and they have been seeing off everyone put in front of them.
Wenger feels the team have much more to show than from their last two home games and as long, as the mistakes are gone, the team will return to winning ways.
“Let’s not reach a conclusion too quickly.”
“I think if you take the points we made in January 1, it’s more than everybody else.”
“I believe that, over a longer distance, you’ll see more of the quality of the team than in the last two games.”
“It is true that it is difficult to swallow what happened to us in the last week, but as well the mistakes are so big that they can be corrected.”
“We have to keep the basis of our game and go in to the next one with that and get those mistakes out.”
The Gunners have performed better away from home in 2013 but have found great form this season and a win at the weekend would go some way to proving doubters wrong.