Arsene Wenger says that his Arsenal teams will always attack but admitted they’ll have to defend better in order to be as successful as he wants.
The Gunners were caught out in midweek by an Olympiacos team who sat deep and took their chances, and the Arsenal manager says that’s something the Gunners will have to cope with better.
“When you accept to take the initiative in the game, you also have to accept that you can lose it,” he said.
“They came to defend, to play with 11 players behind the ball and we lost the game, but that can happen and also to other teams. We have to take the initiative and be better on defending – that’s where we are guilty.
“If you play offensive football and you lose everybody kills you. But if you sit for 10 games with a team which refuses to play then you will fall asleep and everybody says: ‘Why don’t you attack?’
“When you don’t win the games you are wrong, you have to accept that. When Barcelona win the European Cup and attack from everywhere, we say: ‘Oh, what a fantastic game, it’s absolutely marvellous.’
“But if you attack and you lose the game then everybody says: ‘You’re naive.’ And it is true. I don’t think you can explain the fact that we lost the two games in the Champions League by [us] being inferior.
“We’ve played two teams who accepted our superiority at the start, but I think you want teams to go forward.”
And the manager is keen to bounce back from the Olympicos defeat, keeping a positive frame of mind.
“I don’t see why we should be absolutely down,” he said.
“We are on the back of three or four good results in the Premier League. Yes, we had a disappointment in the Champions League. It was disappointing to lose, but overall every competition is different, you have to go in a different competition in a different state of mind and we have to be inspired by what we did at Leicester.
“If I say now that we are three points behind Man United, playing Man United at home and I don’t believe that we can win the Premier League, what would you tell me?
“You will slaughter me.”
If Arsenal beat United, and City don’t win, we’ll be joint top of the table on Sunday evening.
Something to think about.