Managers of teams involved in the Champions League will tell you the importance of avoiding the 'European hangover' - and Arsène Wenger is no different.
Following Arsenal's historic win over Real Madrid on February 21, the Gunners succumbed to Blackburn in the Premiership. So Wenger was obviously pleased to see his young charges buck that trend and record a resounding win against Aston Villa on Saturday, just four days after beating Juventus 2-0 at Highbury.
"What we wanted was to win the game," he said. "After Real Madrid we went to Blackburn and lost. [On Saturday] the first target was to win and then not to get any injuries. Unfortunately we got some injuries today."
Emmanuel Eboue and Cesc Fabregas both picked up knocks and are fighting to be fit for Wednesday's second leg in Turin, but Abou Diaby and Johan Djourou proved themselves able deputies against Villa. Wenger had every reason to heap praise on his pool of young talent.
"At the moment they have a lot to prove, but they're getting stronger and stronger and playing with more confidence now," he said. "They are only young and they can only get better. "They have some good ancestors in front of them.
"I look to develop the team. For me what is important at
the moment because we are very young, is to see how the team
responds after a great performance. How the team responds with
great individual performances in the next game - and
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