Arsene expecting positive Gunners response against the Toffees
Arsene expecting positive Gunners response against the Toffees

Arsene Wenger is expecting a positive reaction from his Arsenal players against Everton in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners 3-1 defeat at home to Monaco leaves them facing a last 16 exit from the Champions League for a fifth successive year.

At his pre-match press conference this morning ahead of the match with Everton, Wenger said.

“It’s our aim to respond we are on a strong run in the league and have to respond in a strong way on sunday. I expect a strong reaction because it’s a difficult competitions. we are back in the top three and have the chance to stabilise our position and we want to take it.”

On whether he had castigated the players for their performance in the dressing room after the match, as had been widely reported, Wenger said

“I said what I had to say after the game and maintain exactly what I said and there is not more to add.

“We fought very hard against Besiktas to qualify. What’s frustrating is that we’ve gone out in the last 16 in the last four years.

“There is nobody to blame individually. On the night everything went against us and missing chances was only one characteristic.”

On a poor week for English clubs in Europe, Wenger said. “It looks a terrible week. I don’t have any rational explanation for that. it is just a shock that hits us. Is there any rationality behind it, I don’t know.”

Wenger also revealed that Jack Wilshere has had further surgery:

“He had a little surgery on his ankle because it was irritating him a bit but it’s a very minor procedure so he will be out for a few days.

“It was planned to be done at the end of the season and because he had an irritation with it we decided to do it now and it’s just a few days.

“Next weekend will be quick but I don’t know exactly when he will be back but it will be days not weeks.”

There was better news concerning fellow midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini, who are “both nearly fit.”

Whilst Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy are still a few weeks away from regaining full fitness.