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Disappointed Wenger calls for 'muscle'

Disappointed Wenger calls for 'muscle'

Arsene Wenger has admitted his Arsenal side must add steel to their game if they are to end the dismal away form that continued with a 1-0 defeat against Everton here at Goodison Park.

Arsenal's sixth loss in 11 Premiership away games this campaign was another blow to the north London club's bid for a top four finish and a place in next season's Champions League.

Not for the first time this term, Arsenal failed to cope with robust opponents and Wenger accepted he would have to strengthen the core of his side, particularly with a notoriously difficult trip to face Bolton Wanderers looming in the FA Cup fourth round next weekend.

"I am worried that we have not been getting the right results away from home," Wenger said.

"Everton played in a way that was efficient and when they went one up they were given encouragement to continue playing in that way...We need to add muscle to our team when we are facing this kind of game," the Frenchman said.

Everton manager David Moyes said his side could challenge for the top-half of the table after claiming a fourth successive win on the back of striker James Beattie's 13th minute goal. A dismal start to the season ended any hopes the Merseysiders had of emulating last term's successful campaign when they unexpectedly finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League, Europe's premier club event.

But Moyes insisted his side's current form was now nearing those heights.

"The players we have here at Everton have got ability but they haven't shown that during the first half of the season,"said Moyes.

"But they are showing that ability now and they have confidence and self-belief and no one can put a value on that," the Scot added. "James Beattie was given the man-of-the-match award and he came into the dressing room and gave it straight to Leon Osman because he thought Leon deserved it. That tells you an awful lot about the spirit there is in the dressing room here," said Moyes.

Advantage Allardyce

Sam Allardyce won the battle between two managers tipped to take over the England job next summer - in front of the watching Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The England boss popped into the Reebok Stadium to see Bolton defeat Manchester City 2-0.

Goals from Jared Borgetti - his first in the Barclays Premiership - and captain Kevin Nolan gave Bolton the points.

And it was a sound performance given that Allardyce is down on numbers with players away on African Nations Cup duty.

He believes that Nolan can go on and secure a place in the England squad in World Cup year.

"He has been playing in the Premiership since he was 19. As a squad member he is worth a shout," Allardyce opined.


Updated : 2021-04-13 11:38 GMT+08:00