Sunday 25 February 2018

Gunners manager calls for united front

The embattled Arsenal boss knows that nothing less than a win will do for elements of the club’s support who are frustrated with him. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
The embattled Arsenal boss knows that nothing less than a win will do for elements of the club’s support who are frustrated with him. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Sam Wallace

Arsene Wenger has called for an end to blaming key players such as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for last Saturday's defeat by Chelsea as Arsenal attempt to get their league season on track at home to Hull City today.

The embattled Arsenal boss knows that nothing less than a win will do for elements of the club's support who are frustrated with him - and yet another bad run that has caused huge damage to their title challenge.

Defeats by Watford and then Chelsea have put him under pressure as new Hull manager Marco Silva returns to the Emirates.

The Portuguese was the Olympiakos manager when they won 3-2 in the Champions League group stages in 2015.

Asked about the potential effect of players such as Sanchez and Ozil against Hull, Wenger said that he was looking for a united response.

"The team wins and the team loses," he said. "When you win sometimes some players are singled out as they are treated like exceptional players.

"When you don't do well, sometimes just focus a little bit more on the team aspect and not try to blame each other. Because the blame culture is part of people's perception, but what is important is that we are united.

"We have a good opportunity to show that we are a united, strong unit and that we bounce back." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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