Wenger shows he is still good at mind games ahead of UCL tie

Ritabrata Banerjee / 09 December 2015

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has started piling up pressure on European opposition Olympiakos as they take on the Greek giants in a crucial group stage encounter on Wednesday night.

It is a must win situation for the Gunners who are currently struggling at the third position in the league table with just 6 points from 5 matches. Olympiakos are ahead of Arsenal, who have 9 points, thus a draw would suffice the Greeks.

Speaking ahead of the vital Champions League encounter, Arsene Wenger mentioned that Olympiakos are definitely favortites in this game as their job easier, but he stressed that his side would play their heart out at the ground to win this tie.

Wenger was quoted: “We play against a side who will be motivated, but we face that every week [in the Premier League]. At the moment they are qualified, but let us not forget they can lose what they have and that can create a fear factor.

“Of course, we have a history where we have positive results. We have won everywhere in Europe, we know we can do it, so the best way is to go through with a top quality performance and that is what we must focus on.

“It is very important (for us to go through). There is nothing more to say because we want to do well in Europe.

“Olympiakos is a good side, but we want to do it and want to achieve it. The team will be highly focused to do it because it is a big significance for us.

“We just want to give absolutely everything to qualify.

“If you want to jump over a hurdle, you don’t think what you will miss. You just do all you can to get over it. If you fall down, you have to get up, but you must do all you can to get over it.”

Wenger sounded confident irrespective of the fact that Arsenal are dealing with several injury crisis at the moment.

The boss further added: “We have to put every scenario in our head, and if we concentrate on the performance the goals will come so let’s focus on that.

“Mentally, you prepare yourself to adapt to every situation and give the right response to every situation you face.

“We can learn from Monaco, especially what happened there [in the second leg].

“Overall, the game we played in Monaco was very positive. Maybe we rushed our game in the last ten minutes [after making it 2-0] and maybe we can learn from that – we played with patience and composure until the last ten minutes, when we rushed our game.

“We have to adapt to what is happening on the pitch, face the scenarios, accept it and respond.”

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