Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal face a major challenge overcoming the recent disappointment of defeats in three separate competitions, but stressed that his squad have no option but to stand firm in the face of mounting pressure.
Speaking somewhat dismissively of his side’s chances of overturning the 3-1 deficit against Bayern Munich, the boss reiterated that his priority for the rest of the season is securing Champions League qualification for next year.
“Of course, you are not feeling great if you can’t win, but we can stay solid or crack under the pressure,” Wenger told Eurosport.
“If you want to know, I am still solid but I can’t tell you that I feel great right now because my job is about winning games and when you lose you will not find a single coach in this world who feels good.”
Obviously concerned about the mental fragility which has rocked his players at crucial moments in the season, the boss appeared to hint that the trip to Germany could do further damage even though qualification is a long-shot.
“I am not worried about us potentially coming back against Bayern, I am more worried about consequences that could manifest in the heads of our players.
“You will never know how they can absorb those blows and how the team responds to disappointment. This is the most worrying aspect for me.
“But from the experience of how to handle the end of the season, we know how to deal with that. We have had lots of experience.
“We are in a situation right now where our objective is just to qualify for the Champions League – so we can’t drop points any more.
“Contrary to our two cup defeats we are on a good run in the Premier League actually – with the two big blows in just three days in the cups. We need to recover, and that will define the rest of our season.”