Arsene Wenger has told reporters that his Arsenal side have the bottle to go all the way in the Premier League title race, according to Mirror Football.
The Gunners’ 2-1 win against Everton on Merseyside proved his side are capable of grinding out results against tough opposition, and despite critics’ claims that his side do not possess the mettle required of champions Wenger feels his players have proven them wrong.
The Frenchman said: “The performance shows that we have got quality football in our team but also fighting spirit. You need those ingredients to fight for the championship. It is important that we keep going with those qualities of discipline and commitment, togetherness and desire.”
Bothroyd Wengers biggest regret.
Wenger has admitted that losing Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd was one of his “biggest regrets” during his reign at Arsenal to date.
The young Bothroyd was told by Head of Youth Development Liam Brady that he was no longer needed 10 years ago when the striker was just 18. He had thrown his shirt at coach Don Howe having been substituted in an U-19 match, and soon left for “disciplinary reasons.”
According to BBC Sport, Wenger said: “He is one of my regrets, he left very early. But I have said many times it is important a guy has a good career, even if he goes somewhere else. It is better than to play in the reserves. He went down but has come back up again and we are all very proud of him at Arsenal.”
Wenger went on to congratulate the former Blackburn and Wolves star for his recent call-up to the senior England side.
Wenger insists Bendtner stays.
Finally, Wenger has told unsettled Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner that his future lies at the Emirates, despite the Danish star’s recent outburst that he wants regular football, be it at Arsenal or elsewhere. The 22-year-old was absent from the squad for the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over Everton yesterday, but the Frenchman says this was due to an injury setback rather than a result of recent comments.
According to Goal.com, Wenger said: “He was not in the squad today because he had a little groin problem and I left him at home. I want him to stay. I have known him since he was 16-years-old and I have a strong rapport with him.”