Wenger: We must be rigorous to maintain superb run




Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must maintain a rigorous in-game attitude after Swansea twice threatened to peg back his side during Saturday’s end-to-end 3-2 win at the Emirates.

The Gunners zipped to a two goal advantage courtesy of Theo Walcott’s brace but found themselves nervously holding on after Mesut Ozil’s second half strike when the visitors twice hit back and Granit Xhaka received his marching orders.

Hinting that his side perhaps took it too easy at key moments of the match, the boss played up the importance of staying focused throughout.

“I think that we [need to] keep our rigorous attitude,” Wenger said. “We are a playing side, and you see that when we are 2-0 up.

“Suddenly the playing takes over, but the rigorous attitude is always to do what the game demands. I believe that today maybe we were a bit too easy at 2-0, thinking ‘OK, we’ll win the game today’.

“In the Premier League, we have to be conscious in every single game.

“But after the first game against Liverpool, you could not predict that we would be where we are today. That means what is at stake for us is to show that we can maintain that run over a longer distance.

“We are all conscious that we still have some things to improve and that we have to go a step higher up.”

Arsenal are now up to second in the table, level on points with leaders Manchester City, and could extend their winning league streak to seven matches when Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough visit the Emirates on Saturday.

It would be only the eighth time during Wenger’s tenure that the Gunners have achieved such a feat…

Arsenal best league winning streaks by season (last 20 years)

2015/16 – 5 games
2014/15 – 8 games
2013/14 – 5 games x 3
2012/13 – 4 games x 2
2011/12 – 7 games
2010/11 – 3 games x 3
2009/10 – 6 games
2008/09 – 5 games
2007/08 – 7 games
2006/07 – 5 games
2005/06 – 4 games
2004/05 – 5 games
2003/04 – 9 games
2002/03 – 5 games
2001/02 – 13 games
2000/01 – 5 games
1999/2000 – 8 games
1998/1999 – 5 games
1997/1998 – 10 games
1996/1997 – 4 games

(Source: arseblog news)


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