Arsene Wenger is hoping Arsenal can get back to winning ways on Wednesday night when Schalke visit the Emirates in the Champions League.
Well versed in the quality of the Bundesliga, the boss made clear that he was expecting a tough game against Huub Stevens side but emphasised optimism in the Gunners camp despite Saturday’s defeat to Norwich.
Speaking to Eurosport, Wenger, who’ll again be in the stands due to his UEFA ban, spoke candidly about the challenge ahead:
“We have one priority and we try to respect it; to qualify for the next round. It will be interesting, a match of high intensity because German teams are everywhere.
“We always want to win and we’ll need to be at our best level to win that match.”
Schalke lost to Arsenal at Highbury 11 years ago, Freddie Ljungberg and Thierry Henry sealing a 3-2 win, but look in good shape with Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar set to lead the line and a blend of experience and and youth throughout the squad.
“It’s a team who love to play good football,” continued Wenger.
“They have good players and they have recruited [Roman] Neustadter, there is also promising young players like [Julian] Draxler and they also have many dangerous players who are always looking forward. They have a solid defence with [Joel] Matip and [Benedict} Howedes.
“You don’t win easily in the Champions League and against Germans it’s doubly tough, but we have a lot of optimism.”
Arsene is set to for his pre-game press conference later this afternoon so no doubt we’ll get some team news soon. Stay tuned.