Stoke is a trip where we’ve often struggled, admits Wenger

Date published: Friday 15th January 2016 10:44

Arsene Wenger: Addressed the media on Friday

Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to show the same desire and focus at Stoke on Sunday as they did at Liverpool after admitting his side don’t relish trips to the Britannia Stadium.

The Gunners face Stoke in the televised game on Sunday evening and Wenger knows his players will be in for a hard time.

“We need the same intensity [as the Liverpool game] and the same desire and focus,” he said in his press conference to preview the game.

“The surprises in the league are happening again and again and again. The consistency of your determination will play a big part in this league.

Wenger continued: “We have struggled in recent years. But they also have a good home record against United, City.

“They have improved their creative potential.

“They can create, they can play. It’s a good challenge for us.”

Wenger admits his side’s defence has been breached too many times away from home recently and hopes they can improve against the Potters.

“We have periods in the season where we are very solid defensively but in these two occasions we suddenly looked vulnerable,” he added.

“At Southampton we were jaded and against Liverpool we lacked calmness.”

Speaking about the 3-3 draw at Liverpool on Wednesday, Wenger reflected: “Let’s be honest, we came out of a game and looked at it like two points dropped.

“On the other hand we were under pressure in the final 20 minutes.

“Overall it was a positive team peformance. We looked like a real team who’s up for the fight.

“The team has shown we are a real team.”

Wenger refused to dwell on criticism he received from his own fans following last season’s trip to Stoke, adding: “I took it as people were upset. I didn’t take it personally. I was sad and upset more by the result than the reactions of people.

“I can understand when you love a club you want the results to be positive. That problem will be more common now. I think it will be a problem in the next two-three years.

“I see it in France and many countries.”

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