Wenger Hopeful Ahead Of Leicester
Manager Arsene Wenger has been holding his midweek round of media interviews and a variety of topics have once again been covered by Arsenal's gaffer.
With the impact of Sead Kolasinac in the Community Shield against Chelsea and Theo Walcott describing him as an 'animal' he obviously featured, but so did questions about the negativity that surrounded Arsenal last season and whether Wenger felt that had now disappeared.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media, Wenger explained firstly about our new signing.
'He has the force of an animal, certainly. But I just think that Kolasinac is a good player and that he has an attitude that is suited to the Premier League. That means he is determined, he is aggressive and forceful and wants to play. In our club that is vital. Every time we win the ball we want to play and he is available to play.'
Moving on to issues of negativity, Wenger certainly felt the atmosphere around Arsenal was lighter this season but he knew it was down to the club to keep it that way.
'Yes, of course. But you know, first of all that is a battle that you`ve never won definitely and that is all linked with the results that we will make and the way we play football. You have to accept the public verdict and we have to just make sure that we keep everybody on our side. It`s ideal to have everybody on our side but that is down to the performances we have.'
Looking forward to Leicester City, clearly a win in the opening day's game would help that.
'Yes, of course. But statistically we do not always lose the first game. It`s true that in recent years we have, down to some special circumstances, sometimes because it`s after the World Cup or after the European Championship when we have many players who were not ready to start the season. On top of that we had always quality opponents: West Ham, Liverpool and now we have Leicester. So we have a good opportunity to show that we have had a good preparation and we are ready.'
Asked what he could take from the tie against Chelsea, Wenger was pleased with the level of performance and desire from the side to get back into the game given we trailed.
'The quality of the performance was a continuity of our end of season, where we had a strong finish. Overall we looked to have the desire to play, hunger to play together and to win. These are very interesting qualities, but it`s about maintaining that and going from game to game with the same hunger.'
He was again asked about what the targets this year would be.
'The target is very difficult to set. You can interview seven or eight Premier League managers who will tell you they want to win the league and they are very ambitious, and rightly so. Let`s just focus on us, on our quality and go into the games with the desire to win every game. What is needed, I don`t know. How strong the other teams are is very difficult to predict as well because some have been very active on the transfer market. How will that transform in quality? It`s very difficult to predict.'