Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can still make a success of this season by securing Champions League football and winning the FA Cup but believes injuries to key players proved the downfall of his squad’s Premier League title challenge.
Talking to the press the day after quotes from Santi Cazorla surfaced questioning the Gunners winning mentality, the boss admitted that there is always room for improvement.
“You can always improve in our game,” said Wenger. “When results are not as good, you always think you can improve. There is no perfect team and we will always try to improve our squad and our team.
“This season we lost key players at big important moments of the season, but we have to just to focus on finishing as well as we can. We are in a position where we can still do very well until the end of the season, that is what we want. It is not about next season, it is about this season.”
Aware that reigning champions Wigan are not only on a good run in the Championship but also bolstered by the experience of beating Manchester City twice in the cup in consecutive seasons, Wenger also touched on the respect his team need to show Uwe Rosler’s squad.
“For us what is very important is to win the semi-final and it’s important we focus on that,” he continued.
“After that we play against an opponent that has done well in this competition. They have beaten Man City at Man City so we want to focus on that and make sure we can go through. We respect highly for Wigan for what they have done and the best way to go to the final is to do that.”
Pinpointing consecutive home victories against Tottenham Hotspur, Coventry City, Liverpool and Everton as reason for optimism, Wenger concluded:
“You win when you produce a quality performance. We have, in this competition, produced top quality performances so just let’s continue with that.
“We have a team who has a lot of experience. We are in a competition where we have a great opportunity, we play against a good opponent but it’s a great challenge for us and of course we want to take the opportunity to go in the final.”