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Wenger Calls For Arsenal Strength Vs Liverpool, Rules Out Barca Move

Wenger Calls For Arsenal Strength Vs Liverpool, Rules Out Barca Move

 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the Gunners have been poor against top six opposition this season. 
 

"We have not done well recently in this kind of game. It is an opportunity we want to take," Wenger said during his press conference on Thursday ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

Liverpool, who are fifth in the EPL table one point and one spot behind Arsenal, defeated the Gunners 4-3 in the reverse fixture at the Emirates.

"It's important we have a positive attitude. We just have to focus on the way we want to play You have to be strong enough to deal with that."

The Frenchman spoke about his future at the club and insists the decisions are for the club management to make.

Asked to clarify what he meant by saying his preference has always been the same as he stated, Wenger said: "I've been here for 20 years and had the opportunity many times to leave. My preference has always been Arsenal, but I am objective and lucid enough to make the right decision for myself and the club."

Wenger sidestepped questions about the Barcelona job after it was revealed Luis Enrique will step down at the end of the season.

Wenger said: "No my preference has always been the same and will remain the same. I am not looking for jobs in other clubs or other people's jobs. I just focus on me getting to the next level and trying to improve."

On his team's fitness update, Wenger revealed that midfield maestro Santi Cazorla may play a part before the end of the season.

"Cazorla has a special problem and at the moment they only thing I can say is I haven't seen him in training or even in fitness work. It is possible he can play again this season but at the moment it is very difficult to predict.

"When a player starts training again it takes six weeks for them to be competing for a place in the team. It is very frustrating for us because at the start of the season he was the star of the team, it is a big loss for us but especially sad for him."

Aaron Ramsey, who has been out with a calf injury since the end of January, is back in full training. Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Mezut Ozil are all likely to be fit for Saturday, but Mohamed Elneny faces three weeks out with an ankle injury.

Wenger  also sent his well wishes to former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri who was sacked by the Foxes last week. Leicester had defeated Liverpool 3-1 on Monday night but the game between Arsenal and Southampton had to be postponed due to the Saints' EFL Cup final match against winners Manchester United.

"I was surprised and disappointed. I take this opportunity to wish him well and congratulations to him for what he achieved at Leicester," said the Frenchman.

"What will happen in the future for Leicester I don't know but the players responded well against Liverpool. They are in a fight to stay in the league but they have enough quality."

The Liverpool versus Arsenal game kicks off at 6.30pm Nigerian time.

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