Wenger: We must give everything

The Gunners now find themselves seven points behind leaders

Manchester United, who drew 0-0 at Newcastle, ahead of Wednesday’s

tussle with neighbours Spurs. That gap should have been closer but

for what striker Robin van Persie described as another “criminal”

lapse in defensive concentration on Sunday when Liverpool netted a

penalty to earn a 1-1 draw at the end of stoppage time just minutes

after the Gunners thought they had scored the winner from the spot.

It was another bitter disappointment in a six-week spell which has

seen Wenger’s men lose the Carling Cup final at Wembley before

crashing out of both the Champions League and FA Cup, while a

string of frustrating draws has now left the destiny of the title

out of their hands. Wenger, though, has again called on his young

team to show the strength of character and silence their critics by

delivering a first trophy in six years come the end of May. “It is

becoming harder every year because we have more and more investors.

We have seen again, Liverpool is not in the top four and they will

try to fight again next season for it,” Wenger told Arsenal TV

Online. “We want to continue to develop, stay in the top four and,

after, get close to Manchester United to still have a chance to win

this Premier League. “I still believe it is absolutely important,

essential that we give absolutely every drop of blood to do it.”

Arsenal have little time to reflect on missed opportunities as they

prepare to head to White Hart Lane for what is set to be another

intense and unpredictable affair. Wenger is expecting a reaction

from his side. “It was difficult to swallow, the equaliser [against

Liverpool], but you look forward and you want to put it right again

in the next game – that is what our job is about,” the Gunners boss

said. “When you play at Arsenal you need to have the mental

dimension to deal with that. “We are on a 15-game unbeaten run and

we want to continue that. “Maybe, you never know, it will be a

point that will be helpful at the end of the season.” Wenger,

though, would not be drawn on whether a target had been set for the

remaining six matches, other than to just win the next. “Let’s give

absolutely everything to win this one,” he said. “We are not in a

period where we can calculate. I believe it is important that we

give absolutely everything to win our next game.” Arsenal won 4-1

at White Hart Lane in their Carling Cup tie earlier this season,

but Spurs fans have been enjoying bragging rights after Harry

Redknapp’s men came back from 2-0 down to win at the Emirates

Stadium in November.