In a Christmas clash, Arsenal is set to take on Southampton at St Mary’s stadium on Sunday.
Arsenal come into the game on the backs of a thumping win against Manchester City and their current run of 7 wins and 1 loss in their last 10 outings bodes well for Gunners despite having injury woes for the most part of the season.
In his press conference before the game against Saints, Wenger started off by informing the members of the press that there weren’t any injury updates and the team would be comprised of the same players who have played for the most part of the season. The boss also highlighted the importance of Theo Walcott and said that he has been instrumental in the absence of Sanchez. Further talking about the win against Manchester City the boss said that “We had a real strong team attitude and strong effort.”
When asked about the chances of the team in the league, the Frenchman gave a diplomatic answer and said that “It has been a positive year and it looks like we are going the right way.Football is pragmatic. No one can predict the future games. It is much too early to say who will win the. We are only halfway.” And about his next opponent all Wenger had to say was that they are focussing on their game rather than thinking about Southampton.
It is highly unlikely that when Wenger is taking questions, Mourinho’s name doesn’t come up! So this time, too when asked about Mourinho and the sacking saga that unfolded at Chelsea, the Arsenal boss despite his personal rifts with the Portuguese said, “I do not want anybody to lose his job, [they are] my personal feelings on that front. I think it’s always sad when people lose their job.” The Frenchman also gave his thoughts on the speculation surrounding Louis Van Gaal’s time at Old Trafford and said that “I personally have huge respect for Louis van Gaal and I think what’s going on there is disrespectful. This guy has worked for 30 years in football and delivered an unavailable quality of work and I think it’s a bit disrespectful what is going on there.”