Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tells players: Remember you're good

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tells players: Remember you're good
From ESPN - March 7, 2018

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal not to forget that they are "good football players" as they look to end their slump at AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday.

Arsenal go into the round-of-16 tie on a four-match losing streak for the first time since 2002 and face an in-form Milan who are unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions.

Wenger is under increasing pressure, and has told his players to forget about their recent struggles and focus on the simple things.

"In life you forget quickly how good you are," he told a news conference. "When you have a bad week, players change their minds about their own quality. So [it is important] not to forget that we are good football players, but as well to fix reachable targets, be practical and pragmatic.

"Focus on what you can do better, and analyse what you did not do well. And do not be scared too much of the consequences of a bad result but focus on pragmatic things like defending better, playing quicker.

"Doing more things together, reachable targets that can improve the team."

Wenger confirmed that right-back Hector Bellerin will miss the game with an inflamed left knee, having trained on Wednesday but then staying in London after feeling too much pain.

"He tried, he went out, but could not absorb the training session so we had to leave him behind," Wenger said.

Bellerin had a scan on Tuesday that showed no ligament damage and underwent further tests on Wednesday, with the manager saying that "it does not look a long-term problem."

With speculation growing that Wenger could be forced out in the summer if he fails to win the Europa League and qualify for next season's Champions League, he said he had dealt with high-pressure situations before.

Last year he was given a new two-year contract after winning the FA Cup, despite finishing outside the top four for the first time in his 21-year reign.


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