For 20 years we have been at the top – Wenger rejects same old Arsenal claims

Arsene Wenger has rejected accusations that his side are the “same old Arsenal” following their goalless draw against Southampton at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

The Gunners squandered the chance to keep pressure on Premier League leaders Leicester City and they have dropped to fourth in the table as a result.


It has become common in the last few seasons for Arsenal to fall away from the title charge towards the end of the campaign, but Wenger has rejected those accusations.

“Look, I don’t know why you say same old Arsenal,” Wenger told reporters. “For 20 years we have been at the top of the Premier League.

At the moment we have to say that we have dropped points but we have to keep fighting and believing.” On the game itself, Wenger said: “We put the energy level in and created chances.

I cannot fault the team on that front. It is not only luck. I don’t believe too much in luck. We feel disappointed and guilty. In a game like that when you create chances you want to win.

We had the chances to win it, but their keeper kept them in it. “You have to always think the opponent will play well and despite that still score. We had all kind of chances and it looked like it would come. But sometimes you lose these games.”

Arsenal are now five points behind Leicester and level on points with bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who move above the Gunners in the table.

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