Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Arsenal

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Last Game

Besiktas 0 - 0 Arsenal

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 19:45

Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round

Wenger: Morale is still high

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side will not be lacking in confidence for Monday's big game against Chelsea at the Emirates (Sky Sports 1, 8.00pm).

Last Updated: 23/12/13 at 19:47 Post Comment

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are ready for the visit of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are ready for the visit of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea

The Gunners remain top of the table but their lead is down to two points, following last Saturday's 6-3 hammering at Manchester City.

That defeat followed a 2-0 Champions League loss at Napoli, although that was not enough to prevent Arsenal from reaching the knock-out stages.

Wenger said: "They (recent results) have been disappointing for us but I don't think they have affected the morale.

"We have made good results until now because we have a good solidarity level and a good togetherness in the squad, and I don't see any sign of that dropping.

"I think even more that the players are focused to respond on Monday night.

"It can happen in a season when sometimes you have a bit of a weaker period. How you respond to this kind of problem is what matters."

Podolski could return

And Wenger says he takes encouragement from the attacking flair his side showed in defeat at the Etihad.

"Quite amazingly, despite the fact we conceded goals, the match was not all negative," he said. "Because we could have scored six as well.

"On the offensive front, we have shown that we have huge potential.

"I believe that we should come out of that game even stronger in our belief, even stronger in our resolute attitude, because we have shown until now that we can be very strong defensively and, as well, on the day we have shown that we can be dangerous against anybody.

"We can rectify the defensive problem, but that's what we want to show against Chelsea."

Wenger says defender Laurent Koscielny is an "80/90 per cent" doubt for the match after suffering a gash in his knee at Manchester City but forward Lukas Podolski could be involved for the first time since late August, having recovered from a hamstring tear.

"It is a big boost because he can score goals in big games," said Wenger.

"He has shown that before. He is a clinical finisher and a great football player."

Watch Arsenal take on Chelsea live on Sky Sports 1HD from 7pm, or for just £4.99 with a NOW TV day pass. Visit http://www.nowtv.com/promo/halfprice to redeem offer.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

amous. If that can be achieved whilst sitting in your pants and without any degree of hard work, all the better. I have no desire to be famous, but the rest of that line suits me just fine. Great article by the way, well worth the wait.

hunter sanchez
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

T

here seems to be little focus on the performance of Besiktas. They played very well and stopped Arsenal from playing. Credit has to go to their manager. As much as Arsenal didn't play too well, we kept a clean sheet, but the home side made it very difficult.

Geddy76
Chambers' Poise Impresses Again

H

aha, The Fine? That will really hurt. Thats like me biting someone in my place of work and getting fined 78p. I would round it up to 80p because thats how much a packet of Quavers or a Topic are in the machine. The bans are heavy though, and rightly so.

hump3.
Suarez: I won't bite again

Footer 365

Premier League: Vincent Kompany waiting to see how Liverpool cope with increased demands

Vincent Kompany feels Liverpool will find the Premier League ‘a different competition’ once the Champions League starts.

Transfer News: Stoke had agreed fees for Nathan Redmond and Oussama Assaidi

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has confirmed the club met the asking prices for Nathan Redmond and Oussama Assaidi.

Transfer News: Valeri Bojinov reportedly due to talk to West Ham about Premier League return

Former Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov has travelled to England amid reports he will hold talks with West Ham.

Mail Box

Dear Brendan, Please Sign Di Maria

That's the request to Brendan Rodgers in the mailbox, and not just because it would annoy Man United fans. Plus, more thoughts on why Arsenal didn't want Cescy back...

Man United Fans Still Pining For Mourinho

The morning mailbox ponders where United might be now had the club appointed Jose Mourinho last season, while Chelsea fans are getting very excited...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property