Not only outsiders, but also former Arsenal legends have said that they would like to see the team being more… cynical in certain games, or during periods of some games, so as to secure results that would boost their chances of winning more titles.
Arsene Wenger is adamant though that playing ‘ugly’ in order to win a game or two, or more than that, is simply ‘the wrong debate’, and he won’t betray his ‘principles’.
Of course you question your decisions, your preparation and everything. We have played three games, there are 35 to go. We have the quality to respond, it’s a good opportunity to show that Liverpool was an accident
the Frenchman told reporters ahead of Arsenal’s home game against Bournemouth, referring to the humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool before the international break.
I never understood what constituted a crisis. It’s important you focus on what’s in front of you, the quality of performance can change from one week to another
the Gunners manager said, rejecting the notion that the team are already in crisis, that early in the season.
If you take the history of the game, the biggest winners in the game… if you have to play ugly to convince people to win then it’s the wrong debate. The biggest teams in the world have played football. Brazil have won how many World Cups?… Germany, Real Madrid, Barcelona all play football. To come out with the conclusion that you have to kick the ball in the stands to win football games, then that’s wrong
Wenger also said, very clear regarding his expectations from the team; win, playing attractive football.