Arsene Wenger says he’s likely to start Jack Wilshere in Arsenal’s crucial Champions League tie with Schalke tomorrow night, and the Arsenal manager wants to see his team react quickly after Saturday’s disheartening defeat to Manchester United.
Wilshere will serve a one game domestic ban after his red card at Old Trafford, giving him the break he’ll need having just returned from injury.
“I think I will play him,” he said. “Then we have a block of three games and maybe the fact that he gets a period of recovering will be just right for him. He gets better in every game.”
The England midfielder would return for the game against Sp*rs on November 17th. Meanwhile, Wenger says Arsenal’s form is a concern and that his team must get the job done in Germany.
“We had a very promising start and of course we have gone through a difficult spell. We want to respond to that and rectify that very quickly because it is not only the fact we lost the [Manchester United] game but the way we lost it.
“We are still in a strong position in this group but of course we want to come out with a good result.”
He also spoke about his team’s need to rediscover some of their attacking verve.
“I believe that overall if you look at our overall performance we are indeed good, we are still the best defence in the league,” he said.
“If you look at the goals conceded, I believe at the moment we don’t have to focus too much on that. I think what is most important is that we find our game back. Our game is about creating chances, about going forward, about having an offensive drive.
“That at the moment is a bit missing so the most important thing. I believe I have a team of great players and at the moment they have forgotten it a little bit how good they are.
“What is most important is that we play again with our enthusiasm, desire to create chances and enjoy our game, more than about do we concede a goal or not.”
In short, he’s telling his defenders to cut out the individual errors and seeking more directness and bravery from those ahead of them. Sounds simple.