English Premiership

Wenger: Gunners making progress

2016-04-28 19:46
Arsene Wenger (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists the club is moving in the right direction, but admitted his frustration that they have not been rewarded this season.

Gunners fans are reportedly planning to stage a protest at Sunday's home game against Norwich after seeing their team drop out of the Premier League title race spectacularly in the new year.

Wenger's side have won just six of their 16 league games in 2016 to sit fourth in the standings, 12 points adrift of leaders Leicester with just three matches left to play.

The north Londoners are also five points off fierce neighbours Tottenham Hotspur and look destined to finish behind their arch-rivals for the first time under Wenger.

But the Frenchman is adamant that the club is making progress, telling Arsenal Magazine: "What's quite frustrating for me is that I feel in the last two years, we have moved the game forward in a modern way of managing the team and the club.

"Maybe we have not been immediately rewarded in the championship, but we feel we are moving the club the right way.

"We always want to learn and to move forward, together. That's one of the principles of the club. We want to be together but we want to move forward."

Wenger went on to defend the team's possession-based style of play as opposed to the counter-attacking football they employed in his earlier years in the capital.

"I also believe that the positive idea of a football club is to have a desire for style," he said. "If big clubs don't have that, then I think something is missing.

"Throughout the history of the game, the big club sides and the big national teams always had that desire. Whether it is Brazil, or the big teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid.

"And I think Arsenal has a positive reputation on that front. The big English teams - Liverpool, Man United and so on - always had that as well. It is basically an obligation for you as a coach."

 

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