Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal fans to come all out and support the team after there were lots of empty seats in last night’s victory against WestBrom at the Emirates last night.
Alexis Sanchez scored twice in the first half to secure a convincing win for the Gunners and move them into third place just behind Tottenham and Leicester City but the clash will also be remembered for taking place in front of an uncharacteristically empty Emirates Stadium. Officially, the attendance was tallied at 59,568, but approximately 10,000 ticket holders stayed away in protest at the club’s failed title challenge with most,holding banners,castigating Arsene Wenger.
But Arsene Wenger has urged the fans to support the team to greater heights as they are always under pressure and they will summount it together “My message to the fans? Come and support the team. If you love football, you go out there, and I think you see quality football,’ said manager Arsene Wenger. That’s what we try to give to our people. You look at the table and you know that for us, every point is important at the moment. We are under permanent pressure for everything again so it is important to have the focus on the way we want to play football.So this is a vital win, I believe we dominated technically from the first minute to the last minute. Maybe we could have scored more goals. Thats the only thing. But we didn’t concede.We want to finish as high as possible. You never know what happens in front of you – there can still be twists and turns, we want to win our games.I don’t know where we will finish but we have to give absolutely everything in every game. We go to Sunderland, Sunderland fight not to go down. That will be a battle and we have to prepare for that”.
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Arsene Wenger also spoke about Sanchez’s match winning performance.”Sanchez stepped up, he had a top quality first half. In the second half he dropped a little bit physically but his contribution was vital.It looks like we’re seeing Alexis Sanchez back to his best – he looked sharp and he was exceptional in the first half”.Youngster Alex Iwobi, 19, yet again produced an excellent display to underline his huge potential after breaking into the senior set-up this year.And Wenger said “He is improving game after game because he has just come in. That is one of the positives of the season. Game after game he shows quality and he is surprising. His consistency is surprising because he has played only youth team football and suddenly he plays at that pace”.”I am sometimes cautious with him but overall, with what he produces, he is a football player’ Meanwhile, midfielder Aaron Ramsey paid tribute to his side’s professionalism as they cruised past the Baggies.I think we played with real belief and intensity and created a lot of opportunities. We deserved the three points.It was up to us to put on a performance not only for our fans but ourselves as well.We needed the win as we haven’t played up to our standards of late. We’ve been frustrated with the way of how we’ve been playing.We’ll keep going and take every game as it comes”.
Arsenal play Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in their next game on Sunday.