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Failure to Finish in EPL Causes Wenger and His Gunners Pain
The Guardian, November 21st, 2006 8:51PM
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Arsene Wenger yesterday revealed that Arsenal's inability to put teams away so far this season has left him crestfallen. While the Gunner's season is by no means already over, far too many games that should have been won, were not, causing the manager an enormous amount of stress, he told reporters yesterday. "We are in a job where you survive only if you want to win," he said. "If you cope well with defeats then you will not live a long time in the job." He added that Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle, which Arsenal dominated, was the worst possible preparation for Wednesday's crucial Champions League match against Hamburg at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger noted that the young team, whose average age is 23, is psychologically at a disadvantage to more experienced clubs. "When you are young, you are a bit more up and down, but when you are more experienced you are more consistent," he said. Case in point: crucial victories against Manchester United and Liverpool, but losses to clubs like Manchester City and West Ham, both in the bottom half of the Premier League table. Meanwhile, the Gunners suffered the added blow of losing William Gallas, one of the team's most experienced players, in a freak accident in training. Wenger confirmed that the injury rules Gallas out of the trip to his old club Chelsea on Dec. 10. Read the original story...

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