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‘Cohesion is under-rated in football’

Arsene Wenger

By Lloyd Webb

Arsene Wenger believes stability and cohesion are key elements to Arsenal’s fine form this season.

The Gunners have claimed three consecutive Premier League wins ahead of their game against Southampton on Boxing Day.

Wenger only made one signing last summer - Petr Cech - and stressed the value of having a settled squad.

"If you look at our record we are more consistent with our results"

Arsene Wenger

“Today’s society always wants something new,” he said. “We have news every half an hour, or every minute. You need to announce something new.

“But let's not forget that football is as well about cohesion, about stability and that goes a little bit against the demand of what people want. But I still think success is linked with talent and cohesion.

“Cohesion is an under-rated factor now in our society because there is always a demand for something new. It's more difficult because people are better informed today. They know more straight away.

"When a team loses a game, everybody has an opinion and the environment is more destabilising than it was ever before, so maybe inside the clubs this kind of cohesion becomes more important, and resistance to that destabilising factor becomes more important.

“If you look at our record we are more consistent with our results. I looked yesterday and someone made the table in 2015 and we are quite ahead of everyone else in 2015. The consistency has been quite good."

 

Petr Cech

Petr Cech