Arsene Wenger believes his team can bounce back from their poor away form in the league despite their character being called into question after last week’s defeat at
The Gunners travel to Everton on Sunday looking for their first Premier League away win of the season and know a win could take them level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea.
Speaking to Sky Sports the boss, who celebrates his 68th birthday today, also underlined that experiencing defeat doesn’t get any easier with age.
“It’s a nightmare what happens to a manger’s heart and head after defeat,” he said.
“It’s horrible and that doesn’t get better with age. But people think too many times that the players don’t care. Players want to be heroes, be stars, win every game…
“I believe that they have (leadership qualities) and that’s at stake on Sunday. It’s what we have to show until the end of the season. We’re involved in many competitions. Every team has to deal with a bad result – it’s how you respond.
He added: “Football’s about the moment. What looks unstoppable in October might not be the case in December. But that can only happen if other teams continue to believe in their quality.”
Wenger, with 18 months left on the deal he signed last summer, was also asked whether he’s frightened about the prospect of retiring.
“Yes,” he admited. “Because every end is to be in front of the unknown and of course it can be a bit frightening.
“But even if it is frightening, I’m not too scared. I just want to do what I do as long as I think I can do it well and I have the motivation to do it. On that front, I have no doubt.
“After, the day will come quickly, maybe not, but I am completely focused and completely committed.”