Arsene Wenger has no doubt that his players have the winning mentality which is required to win trophies, according to ESPN.
Over a fortnight Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League and the FA Cup and also lost out in the Carling Cup final to Birmingham City, leaving them in contention for just the Premier League.
Wenger told reporters that he believes his squad is strong enough mentally to win titles: “We still have it. I don’t question that. It’s been very difficult for the players, but they have never shown any sign of weakness mentally. Even on Saturday they have put absolutely every effort in and I can only be proud of how much they did fight.
“The only thing I can say is that I’m ready to give absolutely everything to win the title. Let’s hope, and I’m confident we will, but we need now to work to recover.
“I believe we can do it. It’s a good test now for us to show we can regroup, show mental strength, togetherness and respond quickly. We will have this kind of questioning for the next two, three weeks and we have to show we have an answer to that. We are used to being questioned – and we have to show we are strong enough to deal with that.”
Petit has Gunners doubts.
Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit disagrees with Arsene Wenger and insists the current squad lack the aggression, winning mentality and proven winners which are needed to become champions.
Petit, who won the league and FA Cup double with the Gunners in 1998, believes the young Arsenal team of today doesn’t have a winning mentality and he feels that there are some players who are not suited to Arsenal’s style of football.
Petit told The Sun: “Since 2005, and the departures of (Patrick) Vieira, (Robert) Pires and company, you realise he’s banking above all on a young, malleable team where he can invest in a sporting project.
“Arsenal’s game is a trademark on the pitch but there aren’t really any players with a winning mentality. This pains me because I am an Arsenal and fan and, over the last few seasons, if there’s a team that’s deserved to win a title it’s them.”
He continued: “Players are playing against their nature a bit. Barca play exceptional football and from an early age they teach the boys the same way. That’s not the case with Arsenal. There are players we’ve known for a while who are playing against their nature. I’m thinking of lads like Abou Diaby, whose physical impact is a bit less. There are players who try to play in the image of Cesc Fabregas when they don’t have the same qualities.”
Madrid youngster link.
Arsenal are closely following Real Madrid starlet Pablo Sarabia, Sky Sports has revealed.
The 18-year-old has featured once for the Real Madrid first team when he came off the bench against Auxerre in the Champions League this season but the left sided midfielder is yet to sign a professional contract which has caught the attention from Arsenal.
Los Blancos are set to open contract talks with the player in the near future and his agent Gines Carvajal has confirmed that other clubs have shown an interest in him.
Carvajal said: “Some clubs are looking at Sarabia and Real knows this. The kid wants to triumph in Real and I will have a meeting with the club’s directors at the end of the season.”