Arsenal and Denmark international striker Nicklas Bendtner stated a few years back that he was the best player in the world and it is safe to say that it’s something that has stuck with him ever since. Bendtner is constantly slaughtered by all football fans alike for his comments, whilst his over confident attitude certainly doesn’t help him.
Arsenal have a proud record in the champions league and Arsene Wenger expects his team to continue it tonight when the German side Schalke visit the Emirates. Wenger is confident that the Gunners will have no repeat of the hugely disappointing performance against Norwich.
“I expect us to respond in a strong way because this team is very ambitious.”
The last time Arsenal lost at home to a non-English club was 2003. They have only lost twice in 48 home games in the champions league, only once at the Emirates and not at all in the last 16 matches. A win for the Germans is as likely as winning the lottery jackpot!
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger admits that even though the Gunners have a large squad, they will have to visit the idea of making a few transfers in January.
The outgoings of Gervinho and Chamakh to the African Cup of Natons will also be a problem for the Frenchman who will lose two attacking players for a while.
“We have a big squad. To add players to our big squad, we will have to see how we can balance our books as well,” said Wenger.
Arsenal’s midfielder Thomas Rosicky spoke to the club’s official website about the squad The Gunners have at the moment. Coming back from the international break, the Czech, now qualified to EURO 2012, spoke about the importance of having time to get to know new-comers.
“We are looking forward to the next month because we are back on track again and have some positive results behind us,” he told Arsenal.com
“Sometimes when new faces come in you need time to gel and I think the last month was much better from us. We were good defensively and much more compact. I think we will show that in the coming months as well.”
Manchester United’s player Samir Nasri is grateful for his former manager’s advice after he managed to score the goal which secured France’s qualification at EURO 2012. The midfielder stated after the match that Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger’s words were the ones which inspired him to take the penalty-kick which proved to be vital for the French. Since leaving The Gunners Nasri had many ups and downs and after the goal scored against Bosnia he finally received praise.
“I thought of Arsene Wenger’s words when I picked up the ball. “
“He told me last season, ‘You can take revenge in person if someone fouls you’.”