Despite Arsenal having struggled with injury problems and form in the first half of the season, a win today in the Premier League away clash with West Ham would see the Gunners move above our opponents into the top four of the table and maybe even go into third place, depending on how Southampton fare against Chelsea.
But Arsene Wenger knows that his team faces a hard game against an in form team that has won six and drawn one of their last seven home games. So he is not putting any pressure on his players. In fact, even though our north London rivals are only behind us in the EPL table on goal difference, the Arsenal boss has claimed that he is not really interested in the way things stand right now.
Instead, the Frenchman has pointed out that in an ESPN report that we are not yet halfway through the season and as long as Arsenal can find some consistency and go on a run, we will be fine. And with some key players like Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta due back soon, there is no reason we can’t finish very strongly.
Wenger said, “”I don’t give importance to the table at the moment.
“There are 20 games to go. It is very tight and it is down to consistency now.
“We know every game now is down to consistency and reproducing the performances.
“We need to prepare quickly, focus quickly and that is an ability we want to show at West Ham.”
The message is simple; don’t think about where we are in the table and try to play with freedom and the ability that we know is there. But will the players be able to ignore the pressure of making the top four?