The Frenchman strayed away from commenting on Fabio Capello‘s controversial departure and would not be drawn on his suggestions for a replacement.
“England is a big football country, 65 million people with a big passion for the game. I love england and I want them to do well and therefore I let the FA deal with that problem”
Wenger also ruled himself out of contention, saying he has always preffered being a club manager.
“No, no because I was always under contract I always respected my contracts in my life and I have never been really tempted by the national team job because for me it is a completely different job, I’m in a marathon job inside the club and the national team job is a sprinters job”
Last Saturday, Arsenal re-discovered some form with a seven-one demolishing of Blackburn Rovers. The game included a hatrick (three goals) from in form striker Robin Van Persie and two from young english winge Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“It eased off the minds a little bit because we were in shock after having lost three games and then the cup game against (Aston) Villa, even the Bolton game, where we felt we had a decent game on sunday, helped to rebuild the confidence”
Arsenal have had to contend with multiple defensive injuries over the christmas period, with Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelan, Kieren Gibbs amongst the absentees.
“So everybody who was available last week is available this week, we still have (Abou) Diaby and (Jack) Wilshere who are not availabe but it looks good because (Kieran) Gibbs is back in full training aswell now, so overall the situation looks much more positive as we go into the period that will decide our season”
The Arsenal manager feels his team are approaching a pivotal period in their season, beginning with Saturday’s encounter with Premier League form team Sunderland.
“I think it is that important because in one week we play three games in three different competions and in every single competition we are in the position where we want to win our game.”
“No, because I felt that Sunderland were a bit unlucky at the start of the season with Steve Bruce, but sometimes when a team has a recent negative history they lose confidence. A new manager coming in with the experience of Martin O’neil always helps to boost the side, they are a good team and I am not surprised.”
Arsenal are currently 6th in the premier league with 24 points, Sunderland sit seven points back in 8th.
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