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Wenger not feeling external pressure at Arsenal: “Real pressure comes from desire to win”


during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on March 5, 2016 in London, England.

Paul Gilham

While the UEFA Champions League begins its run of second legs, one Premier League club is hoping to keep a separate run at history alive.

Arsenal is the two-time defending FA Cup champion, but face a Tuesday replay at Hull City in its quest to become the first three-peat winners of the trophy since 1886 (Blackburn Rovers).

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That would be an even 130 years if Arsene Wenger’s boys can pull it off, and it would also help ease the concerns of a fan base that looks set to be bounced from the UCL by Barcelona and faces an uphill path to catch Spurs and Leicester City for the PL crown.

Arsenal will be without Petr Cech, which we knew, as well as the suspended Francis Coquelin and injured Laurent Koscielny.

The pressure Wenger hears from the fans and press is nothing new to him, and the Premier League’s longest tenured boss isn’t sweating it.


“People talk and you have more people talking than 20 years ago and more opinions. That doesn’t change the pressure. The real pressure comes from your desire to win the next game and that is the only one that matters really.

“I do my job and one day someone will replace me. That is part of life and as long as you have done well and given your best [that is what matters].

“That is what I try to do. I try to do my best and leave this club in the best shape so the guy coming after me will have good potential to work with.”

Wenger honestly seems like a man who, rightfully, will be able to walk away from the gig with his head held high whenever he’s ready. He’s earned that, but could Arsenal really be looking for a change if this season isn’t deemed a success?

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