LONDON. Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal team to use the hectic Christmas period to show people “we are better than they think”.
The Gunners face Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day before trips to West Ham and Southampton after a period in which they have been heavily criticised for poor performances, particularly away from home where they have won just three out of nine matches. Arsenal are 15 points behind leaders Chelsea following the Blues’ 2-0 win at Stoke on Monday but with nine points to play for in the next eight days, Wenger believes the Gunners have a chance to change preconceptions they are out of the title race.
He said: “We expect QPR, with nothing to lose, to come and have a go at us. But we have to focus on our performances and especially make sure that over Christmas we take aantage of the schedule we have and put the performances in. We have a good opportunity over Christmas to show that we are much better than people think we are. “We have three games: on the 26th, the 28th and the 1st. It’s a tough schedule it’s a period where you have an opportunity to make points. Our opponents will think that as well, but let’s just put the performances in and capitalise on it.”
Charlie Austin has scored 11 goals for QPR, all in the Premier League, including a hat-trick in the 3-2 win over West Brom.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor