Arsene needs Jose mentality - Ade

BY foxsports • May 13, 2011

Arsenal have failed to pick up any silverware for the sixth successive season under Wenger after once again losing form in the final third of the season. Adebayor, 27, rates Wenger highly and feels his old club are "not far off" sweeping all before them, but he reckons the Frenchman would do well to take a leaf out of Jose Mourinho's book. "He [Mourinho] is the best, then Arsene Wenger. He prepares his players sometimes like you are going to war," Adebayor told BBC Sport's Football Focus. "He gives you that spirit and motivation. I have huge respect for Arsene Wenger, but Jose Mourinho could not accept losing to Birmingham in a final. No chance. "He knows how to motivate you. He knows how to give you everything it takes to win it. "Even if it means laying down my life to win this cup, I will do it, because I want to win it so much. That is the difference." Adebayor also believes his old club currently lack the winning mentality to turn theirundoubted potential into overdue trophies. "Arsenal is a fantastic club, all the players are young, but at the end of the day you have to be harsh and be aggressive," he said. "You have to instil a mentality where you think you have to win, win, win every day. That's the difference with Arsenal. "Compared to Manchester United, Arsenal have the better players, individually, but they need something more. The manager has to ask more from them. "He has to tell them: 'you have done good, but you have to do better. You have to fight more, you have to run more and fight for every ball.' That is what will win Arsenal titles. They are not far off." Wenger is expected to bring in some fresh faces this summer, most notably in defence, and could also now be ready to let a few who have failed to live up to expectations leave. Martin Keown, who was part of Wenger's two Double-winning sides, believes a shake-up is inevitable. "You have to feel there will be changes," the former England defender told footballaudio.com. "I think Arsene Wenger has almost over-estimated what they are capable of and they have let him down, so it is a shared responsibility when the team does not do well and collective praise when they do. "I am sure everyone will look at themselves, and that they will bounce back. "Arsenal are not far away it is not all doom and gloom with the right collection of players with experience and strength of leadership, then I think Arsenal can win something next season." It is not just in the playing squad where there could be changes over the summer, with Wenger's number two Pat Rice yet to announce whether he will stay on. Former Colchester, Hull and Charlton manager Phil Parkinson, who has been doing some scouting for the club, has been touted as a possible new addition to Wenger's backroom team. On the pitch, Arsenal will be hoping captain Cesc Fabregas has recovered from a thigh injury which forced him out of both the win over Manchester United and defeat at Stoke for Sunday's visit of Aston Villa, where victory would all but secure third place and with it automatic qualification for the Champions League next season. Nicklas Bendtner has withdrawn from consideration for Denmark's squad at the European Under-21 Championships next month. The striker, who is 23 but remains eligible for the tournament, said he did not want to play for personal reasons. "Our conversations have given me the chance to explain to (coach Morten Olsen) that my personal situation has changed greatly over the last six months," he said in a statement on the Danish Football Association website. "If I wanted to get to spend some quality time with my son in his first year, that requires very good planning on my part. Therefore I feel that I have to withdraw from this tournament." The news will likely be welcomed by Wenger, who has made clear his opposition to Jack Wilshere's plans to play for England at the tournament.


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