We face Liverpool at Anfield tonight, 20 seasons on from the momentous 2-0 win in 1989 and the situation is rather different. Wenger spoke about the game tonight:
“I feel it is always better to win your big games because it makes you stronger for the next one.
“So we will have nothing to do with ‘favourising’ Liverpool or Manchester United because we want to win.
“It’s a big game and we just want to win it.”
After the Chelsea semi I didn’t feel like posting, the result was awful and it felt pretty bad. Luckily we have this game today to get that defeat out of the players minds. Unfortunately it won’t be easy. We still have a rather large injury list – RVP and Ade are both out, and defensively we are missing Almunia, Gallas and Clichy.
Liverpool are just one point behind leaders Man Utd and need to win every game to have a chance of winning the title. We really can decide who finishes where as we play all three contenders in the next few weeks.
As long as we secure 4th place and try our best for any higher then I will be pleased with the league performance. We really must try to win tonight.
“We have not secured fourth place and we can still be third…Wednesday night is Chelsea v Everton and you never know, if Chelsea drop points and we play Chelsea at home we can come back on third.
“We just have to accept what happened on Saturday, to deal with it and not repeat it…We have many big games coming up and we feel we can win them.
“Winning is what we live for. We cannot be happy with only trying to remain fourth.
“We want to get closer to the top and have a good opportunity to come back to six points on Liverpool this evening.
“Third place is important, second place is important and why not first? You never know.
“You do not want to have regrets. We want to win every single game, no matter what competition we play in.
“Of course we are disappointed having lost in the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup, but we want to bounce back quickly.”
That is exactly what we need, a result that will put the team back on the right track. I’m really hoping for a good result, the games at Anfield are always classic so tonight shouldn’t disappoint.
Also check out this article on Five Live’s Alan Green (closet Liverpool fan), it makes a good read.
Highlights and match report after the game!