Wenger: Let’s keep our feet on the ground

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Arsene Wenger was understandably in buoyant mood after watching his side beat Bulgarian opponents Ludogorets 6-0 at the Emirates to strengthen their chances of qualifying from Champions League Group A.

Mesut Ozil scored a second half hat-trick to complete a rout started by Alexis. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also got their names on the scoresheet.

Here’s what the boss had to say when he faced the BT Sport cameras.

On the win…

It was good to watch because they were dangerous as well in the first half. The second half was a bit more one way traffic and we could score the goals. Overall it’s good because we continue to score goals and today we didn’t concede. It’s a positive night for us.

On winning seven games in a row…

Our confidence is stronger with every win but we have to keep the vigilance as well, and the urgency to bring that into the next game.

On whether this is the best Arsenal squad he’s had in some time…

Let’s not be too quick on the verdict, that’s what we want to show. We have a strong squad and a strong spirit, but that can swing [the other way]…you have to take care of it and if you don’t keep your feet on the ground.

On winning a major honour this season…

The only way to win something big is to focus on the next one. Keep strong ambition, desire, hunger but as well keep feet on the ground and work on humility.

On potentially facing a showdown for top spot with PSG…

It could decide the winner of the group, but lets first qualify. We go to Ludogorets next and they certainly will want to show us in two weeks that they are better than a 6-0 [defeat]. If we win against Ludogorets then it could go down to that game [against PSG].

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heroku_arsenal
heroku_arsenal
3 years ago

Very grounded comments by Arsene Wenger. Wise indeed.

Santo
Santo
3 years ago
Reply to  heroku_arsenal

I think he is aiming that at the players which in the past thought we’ve won something but it’s too early and lots of games to play we need to be focused in each game win yes we won 6-0 but let’s iron out the loss of concentration which could be costly in the early part of the game. Well done lads and long may this victory route continue

Little Mozart
Little Mozart
3 years ago

Top spot is there for the taking. Staying focused on each game as they come will be vital.

Stillmatic
Stillmatic
3 years ago

Very happy with this new talk of humility and keeping feet on ground.

I feel in the past, he’s been too quick to lavish praise on young kids who hadn’t done anything yet and would thus suffer at setback after getting too ahead of themselves and underestimate opponents.

Just focus on the process; win each case game if possible.

AnonymousGun
AnonymousGun
3 years ago
Reply to  Stillmatic

Kids need praising from parents.. This group are fully matured ones.

Stillmatic
Stillmatic
3 years ago
Reply to  AnonymousGun

Not always. Countless studies have shown constant praising of kids ensures they struggle to deal with setbacks when they happen.

I recommend a book by Rasmus Ankerson (the book held him land the role of Football Director at Brentford) called “The Goldmine Effect” for more info.

lol
lol
3 years ago

I am very concerned about the knock that Cazorla looks to have taken on his achilles (Is it the same he has had problems with?) because it would mean our fluid game might be completely disrupted with Ramsey back in the midfield with Coq.

Drelord
Drelord
3 years ago

My girlfriend’s first time at the Emirates. Think we’ve found a new lucky charm!

Arsepedant
Arsepedant
3 years ago
Reply to  Drelord

Make sure she goes to every match, home and away, please.

Antispuds returns
Antispuds returns
3 years ago

Wengerout

leroy
leroy
3 years ago

On michael owen…

he lacks the height, but also a little bit the intelligence. when he speaks, i feel sorry for his family. he keeps his feet on the ground but his head, it is in the ground like an ostrich. he has the desire to succeed, just not the mental capacity.

Aden
Aden
3 years ago
Reply to  leroy

Top, top quality.

Redsy
Redsy
3 years ago

Looks like Wenger ball has returned fantastic to watch

SB
SB
3 years ago
Reply to  Redsy

It was art yesterday, like he always wanted!

O of the Arsenal
O of the Arsenal
3 years ago

Yay.. great Coq, great ö.. great game..! COYG

TOGooner
TOGooner
3 years ago

The interviewer for BT actually asked if this was his best squad in 20 years. I think the manner of his answer is not so much staying grounded as it is being rational about our squad. Although I’m certain he believes this is the best he’s assembled since the Invincibles.

Rayafc
Rayafc
3 years ago
Reply to  TOGooner

I heard that, what a stupid comment by the interviewer…..she obviously forgot about the invincibles.

santori
santori
3 years ago

Wenger stop buying players like Ozil, Alexis, Santi, Mustafi, Granit. YOu should listen to the media. MVilla, Melo, Capoue, Scheniderlin, Cabaye, Wanyama that sort of players. Coquelin? You’re having a laugh. He should have gotten out while he could. Also stop promoting players like Bellerin, Iwobi. And stop keeping useless players like Walcott. Or the Ox. Because they never come good. Fans know better even if they haven’t managed let alone operated in transfer window…pundits know better. Ask piers Morgan. Why did you buy Mustafi? YOu could have got Stones or bloody Luiz like the media said. Why buy HOlding… Read more »

santori
santori
3 years ago

42.3m for panic buy? Money well spent.

Wenger in, Wenger out, Wenger shake it all about
Wenger in, Wenger out, Wenger shake it all about
3 years ago

Loving Wengerball at the moment
Loving his interviews
Loving the enthusiasm I have for watching my team again
Loving the optimism that I haven’t had for a few years
Happy days

Antispuds returns
Antispuds returns
3 years ago

The advantage Wenger has on us is that he sees the players on training day in day out. If we did have that advantage we would be right most of the time too. We know best