Wenger wants Arsenal players to ignore unrest ahead of Champions League tie

Arsene Wenger has demanded his Arsenal players ignore the unrest surrounding the club’s lack of transfer activity and improve upon their performance in the Premier League defeat to Aston Villa when their Champions League campaign begins against Fenerbahce, ITV Sport has reported.

The Gunners were beaten 3-1 on the opening day of the season, the home defeat sparking a wave of criticism largely directed at Wenger for not spending money more freely in the transfer window. Wenger is also dealing with an injury list that has grown with the addition of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who faces a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury.

But Wenger has faith in his squad to raise their game against the Turkish giants and take a step towards the group stage of the competition. “You just want to prepare as well as you can and bounce back very quickly from Saturday with a good performance which is what I think we will do,” Wenger said.

Everywhere we go we try to win the game and that is the attitude we have,” the manager continued. “Again, we will try to play our game as we do everywhere. We have been everywhere in Europe in all the big stages and seen heated atmospheres, but we always try to play.

There exists the possibility that Fener will be kicked out of the competition after they were found guilty by UEFA of match-fixing. An appeal was lodged and the club kept their place in the Champions League until it was heard, with a decision due from the Court of Arbitration for Sport around the time the return leg is to be played.

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