Chelsea up today then and it’s a good time to face them isn’t it?
They sit third as we go into today’s clash but their record at Stamford Bridge is not so good this season. They have played seven, won two, drawn three and lost two!
Wenger believes that to win more fixtures and become more successful, we need to look back at we used to play when we fielded the likes of Vieira and bring that into today’s game. In other words, toughen up and get stuck in a lot more.
Maybe we have to go back a little bit, not less technical but a bit more physical and aggressive.
I think that when [referees] see Arsenal on the sheet, they say “oh fantastic” [to referee them].
This side are physical players, but we have to restructure the balance of the team a little bit.
The players have the character to do it. The [likes of] [Jack] Wilshere are technical players, but they are also physical players.’
I believe Arsenal, on a good day when they have all their players fit and in form, can beat anyone, even the very best teams in the world. OK, right now they lack the consistency to win the Premier League title. But they have good players, very good players.
And if you look at Arsenal in the last few years then I think they have played even better football than we did in 2003-04. For me they are definitely better to watch as a team but we were stronger, had physical presence and more experience.
I spent nine years with Arsene and I really enjoyed my time at Arsenal. What I loved about him was that he made me understand the mistakes I made. He made me grow up, as a player and person. So Arsenal is where I changed from a boy into a man.
Many of us believe that Arsene Wenger has seen his best day’s in football management, certainly when it comes to OUR club but Vieira is having none of it.
For me he was the best manager of all. It’s true that from the age of 20 to 29 I played my best football. The unique situation with Arsenal is that you have to judge what Arsene has done for them in the last 17 years.
It is amazing. He has totally transformed the club over the last 17 years but the only way to keep the fans happy is to win silverware. Arsene will deal with that, though. I’m very confident of that.
It’s been a long seven years for us fans, but Vieira truly believes we won’t have to wait too much longer.
Back to today. This weekend each year has often been kind to us. In fact prior to last season, we have to go back to the 2005/06 season to find a league defeat and that was against Everton.
Come on boys, let’s make that Chelsea run ‘played eight and lost three’, let’s go and batter the luckiest ever Champions of Europe….
Have a good day all….