Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk has given Arsenal a confidence boost ahead of Manchester City clash - Wenger

13:18, 20 October 2010
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that his side will head into the weekend game against Manchester City with confidence, having comprehensively beaten Shakhtar Donetsk in their midweek Champions League fixture, according to Goal.com.

The Gunners took on the Ukrainian outfit at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night, and Alex Song, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere and Marouane Chamakh got their names onto the score sheet as the hosts cruised to victory.

Eduardo struck the only goal for his side on his return to the north London club to make it a 5-1 scoreline at the full-time whistle.

"We have won our last two games [Birmingham City and Shakhtar] now and that is important because we go into the Manchester City game with a good level of confidence and with some certainties in the way we want to behave," Wenger told reporters.

"When you win 1-0 people think it`s too difficult, when you win 5-1 people think it`s too easy.

"We had a good team attitude and we had a very good technical level."

Wilshere has taken some criticism for his recent red card against Birmingham and Fabregas was returning from a spell on the sidelines against Shakhtar, and the Frenchman was impressed with the way the duo played.

"I am convinced it works well together," he said, of the midfield pairing.

"Jack has a good maturity level. You never think he is 18 when he plays and overall they combined very well."

The 18-year-old midfielder could be in line for a call-up to represent England during the upcoming friendly against France next month.

On whether he should be handed his first start for the Three Lions, Wenger said: "Without wanting to make headlines, it`s difficult to say.

"If you ask me the reverse question, do you think he is not ready to play for England? It`s hard to say no."

However, the boss warned that the pressure of expectation could weigh down the midfielder should a potential start be hyped up before the game.

He added: "We have to give him time and let him play - I know that`s not easy for you and not your [media`s] greatest strength."

There was a point in the game against Shakhtar when Wilshere was involved in a strong challenge on Tomas Hubschman, but the midfielder got away with a strong warning from the referee.

Wenger maintained that he has no intention to curb the player from adding a physical touch to his game.

"Sometimes when you get such a storm you want to go the other way, but what was important was that he just played football," he said, in light of the recent red card the player received in the Premier League.

"Jack is a player with a good technical level, but as well is a player who doesn`t hide from challenges, and that is a tremendous strength which you do not want to lose."

By By Adithya Ananth, Goal.com

 

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