Wenger: We’ll turn negatives into positives and show title fight

Date published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 10:21

Arsene Wenger: No new deal on the table

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will come back stronger from their poor display at Manchester United and will put up a strong challenge to win the Premier League title.

The Gunners are now five points adrift of leaders Leicester and three behind arch-rivals Tottenham following their 3-2 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Harry Redknapp questioned the commitment of the Arsenal players after the game, suggesting they looked like a side who had nothing to play for.

With 11 matches left in the league, Wenger is hoping a positive atmosphere will give his side every chance of lifting the Premier League title come the end of the season.

“We want to transform negatives into positives to create more solidarity. We play to fight for the title.

“This club is built on values and what we want to do is respect them. We want to build solidarity every day.

“We want to give our best until the end of the season.”

The Gunners boss thinks the high-intensity clash against Barcelona had a bearing on the result against Louis van Gaal’s side.

“We gave a lot against Barcelona and that certainly had an impact on our belief against Manchester United,” said the 66-year-old. “We’re not happy with the result [at Old Trafford]. We had two lapses of focus that we paid for.”

Wenger responds to Arsenal critics

On Arsenal’s critics, Wenger continued: “I’ve never surprised by the criticism by the media. I think people have been a bit too emotional.

“That’s part of the media today. Part of the opinion is always a bit excessive and emotional, but we have to deal with that and I don’t complain about it.

“I don’t want to respond to individual criticism. I think people are a bit too emotional and we want to put things into perspective by analysing things a bit more in a neutral way. This club is respected all over the world despite what people say.

“Everybody has freedom of opinion and I enjoy very much that people care about my future. I thank them for that. Apart from that, in my life, I always taken care of myself and my future.”

Wenger added: “We’ve had a bad week. But get two wins – and this can be a good week.”

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