Wenger hates his sloppy Ars

ARSENE TELLS TROOPS TO GET BACK TO WIN­NING AR­SE­NAL v OLYMPIAKOS Cham­pi­ons League Tonight, 7.45pm – Sky Sports 4

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 4 - By MIKE MCGRATH

ARSENE WENGER has been hit by a mid­field in­jury cri­sis be­fore tonight’s clash with Olympiakos.

Abou Di­aby has been ruled out for three weeks with a thigh prob­lem and there are con­cerns over Mikel Arteta too.

The Spa­niard has an an­kle in­jury and needs a fit­ness check ahead of fac­ing the Greeks at the Emi­rates.

“Arteta will have a test,” said Wenger (left). “We’ll make the de­ci­sion then whether we in­clude him in the squad or not.

“We lost Di­aby, who has a thigh strain. He is def­i­nitely out for three weeks.”

Gun­ners keeper Wo­j­ciech Szczesny is still miss­ing and Bacary Sagna, To­mas Rosicky and Jack Wil­shere are re­cov­er­ing too.

But Wenger is still de­mand­ing a re­turn to win­ning ways af­ter flop­ping at the week­end.

The Gun­ners were brought crash­ing down to earth by Chelsea on Satur­day for their first de­feat of the sea­son.

“The play­ers are fo­cused and dis­ap­pointed that we lost the game,” the Ar­se­nal boss said.

Re­spond

“They are still down but we have a Cham­pi­ons League game in front of us at home and we want to put things right.

“There were a lot of pos­i­tives in the Chelsea game. What was not good is easy to cor­rect.

“The Premier League sea­son is long and we have to make sure the Cham­pi­ons League is long.

“It is about how we re­spond. I’m im­pressed by the men­tal­ity of my team, but the men­tal­ity is also about how you re­act to dis­ap­point­ment.

“I am con­fi­dent we will – that is what we want to show.”

Wenger is wary of a back­lash af­ter the Greeks lost their first Group B game to Schalke.

He added: “Olympiakos are al­ready in a po­si­tion where their backs are against the wall be­cause they have lost at home. In this com­pe­ti­tion, when you lose at home it is very dif­fi­cult.

“They’re highly mo­ti­vated to know they have to give ev­ery­thing to make it through. They are ex­pe­ri­enced and ba­si­cally it is the same team as it was at the back of last sea­son.

“I think they had a dif­fi­cult start against Mar­seille last year and af­ter that be­came stronger.

“It looks sim­i­lar this year. They had a dif­fi­cult start at home against Schalke and if you an­a­lyse their team it is 90 per cent the same as last sea­son.”

CROCKY HOR­ROR: Arteta

faces a late fit­ness test but Di­aby is injured

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