“The love for the game, the passion for football, the passion for the club, the love of the uncertainty. You have to be a little bit of a gambler.”
That was Arsène Wenger’s response when a journalist asked him what drives him on after 20 years at the club.
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Having been knocked out of one cup competition on Tuesday, attention turns to another this weekend, when Lincoln City visit in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final.
While our defeat against Bayern Munich in midweek left the manager “very angry, very frustrated”, he was keen to address one positive from the evening - the manner in which the fans at Emirates Stadium stuck with the team throughout.
“It was fantastic,” he added. “They were there for a great night.
“Would we have made it or not [if Walcott had been awarded a penalty]? I don't know. Maybe not. But it could have been close because it was a penalty on Walcott, Giroud had a great chance with a header just after half-time from six yards.
“They were wobbling a little bit at 1-0. At 2-0 it would have changed. You could see that with Paris Saint-Germain, they froze suddenly, players with experience.
“The mental aspect in these kind of games is very important.”
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