Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not only happy with his side’s heroic victory against Reading on Tuesday but believes the positive result could act as an inspiration for his side’s next two crucial games.
The pessimism surrounding the club reached its nadir when Arsenal suffered back to back defeats at the hands of Norwich City and Schalke.
Prior to the match, Wenger made it clear that his priorities lie elsewhere, but seeing his side getting spanked 4-0 within 40 minutes, the Frenchman demanded response.
The Gunners fought back valiantly and emerged victorious in the extra time by showing tremendous spirit and attitude.
Wenger wants to carry on that momentum in their next two crucial matches, when Arsenal will face arch-rivals Manchester United in the league and Schalke again in Europe.
“We can be inspired by this,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “We need that spirit, that never-give-up attitude for the next two games.
“We had two phases [against Reading] – the first half disastrous, the second half outstanding. I thought with five minutes to go that at least we had shown a different performance in the second half.
“Fortunately we got back to 4-4 and in extra time we always looked in control of the game. It is a great experience to see that we didn’t give up and came back with a positive performance.”
A victory in both the games would do a world of good for the Londoners. A league victory would not only ensure three precious points, but it would close the gap with the leaders bringing the Gunners back into the title race. While a victory in Germany would ensure their qualification smoothly.
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