Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal to get the disappointment of a “very bad moment” at Norwich out of their system by taking a big step towards qualifying for the Champions League knockout phase by beating Schalke tonight.
The Gunners slipped 10 points behind English Premier League leaders Chelsea when they went down 1-0 at Carrow Road following a lacklustre display on their return from the international break.
All set? Arsenal players during a training session in London on eve of their Champions League clash against Schalke. PIC/Getty Images
Wenger, though, feels the visit of the Germans, who are second in Group B, offers the perfect opportunity for swift redemption. “We have got over it and we will focus on our next game, that is the only way to deal with it, to put the disappointment behind us and focus on Schalke,” the Arsenal manager said. “As a team, we were not as efficient as we are used to. It can happen in the season. It is just of course at a very bad moment for us.
“I expect us to respond in a strong way because this team is very ambitious and wants to do very well.”
Wenger added: “We have a good opportunity, we play at home against Schalke and since we know that we won in Montpellier, our qualifying will depend on how well we do at home.”
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey accepts the team must sharpen up again as soon as possible. “When you have an upset like that you want to get back out there as quickly as possible and put it right. That is what we hope to do on Wednesday, and put ourselves in a really strong position in this group,” the Wales international said.
“Maybe there were certain things, but overall we know we weren’t good enough on the day to win the (Norwich) game, that is what we were disappointed with.
“We have been doing really well so far this season and each game we felt like we are growing with confidence, so that was one we are disappointed with.”