EPL: We need to bounce back, says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Updated: Dec 26, 2016, 10:55 IST | AFP

After back-to-back defeats to Everton and Manchester City in the league, Arsenal boss Wenger says players have to show intent when they face West Brom at Emirates Stadium today


Arsenal’s midfielder Mesut Ozil, the playmaker whose contribution had been praised during the opening months of the Premier League campaign, is at the wrong end of criticism recently. Pic/Getty Images 

London: Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal have no margin for error when they attempt to revive their Premier League title challenge against West Bromwich Albion today. The visit of Tony Pulis' side to the Emirates Stadium presents the Gunners with an opportunity to bounce back after successive defeats to Everton and Manchester City that have undermined their claim to be genuine challengers this season.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

The performances led to accusations that, despite a promising start to the season in both the Premier League and the Champions League, Arsenal remain flawed and incapable of pulling off the right result when it mattered most. Bearing the brunt of that criticism was Mesut Ozil, the playmaker whose contribution had been praised during the opening months of the campaign before the Germany international produced two sub-par performances. Wenger is happy with Ozil's contribution. "I don't give Mesut any leeway when the team doesn't have possession. He has to do his job like everybody else and usually he does it well. His main strength is when we have the ball and he suffers more when we don't have it," Wenger said.

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