Arsene Wenger is sure his side can recover from their disappointing result at the weekend on time to face Barcelona on Tuesday, according to a report from Sky Sports.
Arsenal were held to a goalless draw against Steve Bruce’s Sunderland on Saturday and Wenger says he is extremely disappointed not to have left the Emirates with three points.
The Gunners boss insists his side must forget about the stalemate against the Black Cats and focus on holding on to the 2-1 advantage they hold over the Spanish champions Barcelona when the two sides meet during the week at the Camp Nou.
He said: “We have a big game on Tuesday and we have to recover well. We have the confidence, we beat them here and can beat them there. We are very frustrated because we gave a lot and unfortunately we could not score.”
Wilshere fitness boost.
Jack Wilshere has announced that he is fit to feature for Arsenal against Barcelona on Tuesday night.
Doubts had been cast over whether the youngster would be able to play against the Catalonians after he picked up an ankle problem against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon but the 19-year-old midfielder declared via his Twitter account that he would be available for selection to face the Spanish champions.
Wilshere posted on the social networking site: “Just to let you know I am not injured and if selected will be fit to face Barca! Few kicks but nothing too bad.”
The English international’s availability will come as a relief to Arsene Wenger who is already without Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott for Tuesday night and there is a possibility that Alex Song captain Cesc Fabregas will not be able to play against Barca.
Song: We’re better than Invincibles.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Song says his side want to prove that Arsene Wenger’s claims that his current team is the best Gunners side he has ever had are true, according to the News of the World.
The Cameroonian says the Arsenal manager believes this team are better than the Invincibles team of 2003-04.
Song says to hear his manager regard the young team which currently wears the famous red & white jerseys to be of a higher standard than the Invincibles is incredibly encouraging: “The generation of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Co created history at Arsenal.
I used to watch them on TV and wanted to be like them. Now, despite [last] Sunday’s defeat [against Birmingham City in the League Cup final], we can take inspiration from them to try and create our own piece of history.
“What the 2004 team did will never be forgotten. That was one of the best Arsenal teams ever.
“But Arsene Wenger has told us this current squad is the best generation he has ever had and when he tells you that it makes you want to give even more, to repay his faith.
“He is the best manager in the world and those words have given us a huge lift. We want to show him they are true.”