The Arsenal manager has had it tough in recent weeks, with the Gunners losing two games on the bounce. The first defeat came in the Premier League against local club Watford, even with Iwobi scoring in the 58th minute to get a goal back, the club still couldn’t draw level.
This was followed by a bitter defeat to Chelsea, with the Blues managing to put three goals past the North London club before Giroud pulled one back. This left Arsenal twelve points behind Chelsea with only 14 games remaining, putting Arsenal in an awful position.
With Arsenal being written off by pundits and fans alike, Wenger is calling for the fans to get behind the team and he’s even convinced that the title race isn’t over yet:
“It’s never over – we cannot behave like that,” Wenger told the media ahead the game against Hull City. “Even if you think it is, I don’t. We cannot even think like that.
“We look at the teams around us and we’re all in a pack that is very tight, where the fight for every position will be massive like it has always been in the Premier League, maybe even more this season than ever before.
“The way we respond to our disappointing result last Saturday is vital. If it is over for us, it’s over for everybody else. We are all together in a pack there, so first we have to focus on staying at the top, then if we can reduce the distance between us and Chelsea after, you never know.
“They have an advantage where they aren’t playing in Europe. They have no midweek games, so of course they are in a very strong position.”
The Gunners need to build up their confidence and momentum as they’re playing in three competitions over the next month. With this in mind Wenger has called on supporters to back the team and told the players they need to give the fans something to shout about:
“We have a big fight in the Premier League, a big fight in the Champions League, with a big game coming up, and we still have the FA Cup as well,” he continued.
“We want to do well in all three competitions and that’s as well why it’s important that we focus, respond and get our fans behind the team, because this is an important and very sensitive part of the season – and we have to respond to disappointment together.
“Our fans have been consistent and have a high level of expectation, as I have as well. But I don’t feel it is absolutely clear. You cannot be a fan until last Tuesday and not be a fan anymore and not be behind the team this Saturday, it doesn’t make sense.
“We fight with Man United, Man City, Liverpool – they have big expectations as well and big histories. We are in a fight there, we absolutely have to be united or we have no chance to do it. You have Tottenham, everyone is in the fight and everyone is behind their team. We have to do exactly the same, even if we had two disappointing results.
“I want the fans to be behind the team. But at the same time, I am not fool enough not to know that the first priority is us and our dynamic inside the team that will create and facilitate the support of our fans. That is down to the quality of our performance.”
Arsenal play Hull city at home on Saturday followed by Bayern Munich in midweek, which means the Gunners might field a weekend team However it depends whether Wenger will be willing to risk it following disappointed in the previous games.