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Wenger Fears For Exhausted Gunners

Posted on: November 5, 2008

LONDON: Arsene Wenger (pic) fears Arsenal’s exhausted stars could pay the price for their mental fatigue in today’s (early tomorrow in Malaysia) Champions League clash against Fenerbahce.

Wenger’s side return to European action after a chastening week in which they surrendered a two-goal lead in the final minutes against bitter rivals Tottenham and then crashed to an embarrassing defeat at Stoke on Saturday.

The Gunners left Stoke battered mentally and physically and the damage done to their confidence by the last two results could prove devastating.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Wenger could be without injured trio Theo Walcott, Emmanuel Adebayor and Bacary Sagna against Fenerbahce.

With the Turkish club’s visit to the Emirates Stadium marking the start of a run of three games in six days that includes a crucial clash against Manchester United, Wenger is desperately trying to lift his squad.
“We looked a bit jaded because we have played a lot of games recently,” Wenger said. “My biggest worry is we did not create a lot at Stoke.

“We are not used to playing without creating chances and that is very frustrating.

“At the moment we are suffering. We put a lot in on Wednesday and we play again in midweek in Europe.

“When you are not as sharp, you are less agile and you can’t get as quickly out of tackles.”

Gael Clichy, Arsenal’s France left-back, conceded that the Londoners fragile state of mind played a part in the meltdown at Stoke.

“We didn’t play well at Stoke but we controlled the game and they scored on two throw-ins so maybe we weren’t focused enough on the throw-in,” he said.

Arsenal produced one of their best European performances to dispatch Fenerbahce 5-2 in Turkey last month and another victory over Luis Aragones’ side would give them 10 points from their four group matches — effectively booking a place in the last 16. — AFP

New Straits Times

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Wenger Fears For Exhausted Gunners

Posted on: November 5, 2008

LONDON: Arsene Wenger (pic) fears Arsenal’s exhausted stars could pay the price for their mental fatigue in today’s (early tomorrow in Malaysia) Champions League clash against Fenerbahce.

Wenger’s side return to European action after a chastening week in which they surrendered a two-goal lead in the final minutes against bitter rivals Tottenham and then crashed to an embarrassing defeat at Stoke on Saturday.

The Gunners left Stoke battered mentally and physically and the damage done to their confidence by the last two results could prove devastating.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Wenger could be without injured trio Theo Walcott, Emmanuel Adebayor and Bacary Sagna against Fenerbahce.

With the Turkish club’s visit to the Emirates Stadium marking the start of a run of three games in six days that includes a crucial clash against Manchester United, Wenger is desperately trying to lift his squad.
“We looked a bit jaded because we have played a lot of games recently,” Wenger said. “My biggest worry is we did not create a lot at Stoke.

“We are not used to playing without creating chances and that is very frustrating.

“At the moment we are suffering. We put a lot in on Wednesday and we play again in midweek in Europe.

“When you are not as sharp, you are less agile and you can’t get as quickly out of tackles.”

Gael Clichy, Arsenal’s France left-back, conceded that the Londoners fragile state of mind played a part in the meltdown at Stoke.

“We didn’t play well at Stoke but we controlled the game and they scored on two throw-ins so maybe we weren’t focused enough on the throw-in,” he said.

Arsenal produced one of their best European performances to dispatch Fenerbahce 5-2 in Turkey last month and another victory over Luis Aragones’ side would give them 10 points from their four group matches — effectively booking a place in the last 16. — AFP

New Straits Times

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Wenger Fears For Exhausted Gunners

Posted on: November 5, 2008

LONDON: Arsene Wenger (pic) fears Arsenal’s exhausted stars could pay the price for their mental fatigue in today’s (early tomorrow in Malaysia) Champions League clash against Fenerbahce.

Wenger’s side return to European action after a chastening week in which they surrendered a two-goal lead in the final minutes against bitter rivals Tottenham and then crashed to an embarrassing defeat at Stoke on Saturday.

The Gunners left Stoke battered mentally and physically and the damage done to their confidence by the last two results could prove devastating.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Wenger could be without injured trio Theo Walcott, Emmanuel Adebayor and Bacary Sagna against Fenerbahce.

With the Turkish club’s visit to the Emirates Stadium marking the start of a run of three games in six days that includes a crucial clash against Manchester United, Wenger is desperately trying to lift his squad.
“We looked a bit jaded because we have played a lot of games recently,” Wenger said. “My biggest worry is we did not create a lot at Stoke.

“We are not used to playing without creating chances and that is very frustrating.

“At the moment we are suffering. We put a lot in on Wednesday and we play again in midweek in Europe.

“When you are not as sharp, you are less agile and you can’t get as quickly out of tackles.”

Gael Clichy, Arsenal’s France left-back, conceded that the Londoners fragile state of mind played a part in the meltdown at Stoke.

“We didn’t play well at Stoke but we controlled the game and they scored on two throw-ins so maybe we weren’t focused enough on the throw-in,” he said.

Arsenal produced one of their best European performances to dispatch Fenerbahce 5-2 in Turkey last month and another victory over Luis Aragones’ side would give them 10 points from their four group matches — effectively booking a place in the last 16. — AFP

New Straits Times

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