Liverpool showdown looms, but Wenger only has eyes for Bolton
PUBLISHED: 13:20 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:53 07 September 2010
Arsene Wenger has ordered his players to forget the Champions League and concentrate 100 per cent on tomorrow s trip to Bolton, writes Jem Maidment. The Gunners head to the Reebok in their worst run of form since the turn of the Millennium - searching for
Arsene Wenger has ordered his players to forget the Champions League and concentrate 100 per cent on tomorrow's trip to Bolton, writes Jem Maidment.
The Gunners head to the Reebok in their worst run of form since the turn of the Millennium - searching for their first win in six to reignite their slim title hopes.
Next Wednesday they take on Liverpool at The Emirates in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
But Wenger only has Bolton on his mind. "We want to do well in the Premier League and not dream about the Champions League - we have to fight back," said the Arsenal boss, whose side's title challenge has imploded in the past month, culminating in Sunday's 1-2 loss at Chelsea.
"It is five games now since we have won and we want to come back to winning ways. We have to become more efficient defensively because if you look at the goals we have given away recently they have been inefficient."
Defender Gael Clichy says a win at Bolton can still give Arsenal a chance of the title - as long as they also win every other game this season.
"We have to go to Bolton on Saturday, win there and try to make something happen," he said. "It is going to be difficult, but we have to believe in it.
"Like the boss says, it is a good opportunity to show everybody the strength in the team. So let's go for it. We have to think positive. Maybe if we can win all those seven games then something can happen."
l Arsenal reserves drew 1-1 with Chelsea reserves at Underhill on Tuesday. Alex Song gave the Gunners a first-half lead before Franco Di Santo levelled after the break.