Mikael Silvestre: Wenger, players must share responsibility for Arsenal plight

"The alternative is that we have Arsene Wenger's Arsenal at the Emirates which would a great occasion. I always want to prove people wrong and wanting to do well and show everyone what I can do, so it is just another chance for me to do that against a fantastic team in front of the television cameras".

"That's not a threat".

Arsenal are now 4th in the Premier League table.

"When you have a heavy defeat like that it's hard to come out on one individual", he added. "But I am adult enough to analyse the situation".

The pressure has intensified on Wenger since a 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, leaving Arsenal facing a seventh straight elimination in the last 16.

Arsenal are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table and eight points behind leaders Chelsea, meaning that their best hope of winning a trophy this season may now lie in the form of the FA Cup. But had Arsene Wenger not lifted the cup in 2014 and 2015, he might no longer be in charge of Arsenal. Others have dropped down the leagues, having tasted life in the upper echelons. I'm 67. Maybe (I'll manage for) more, or maybe less.

"Hopefully (Oxlade-Chamberlain) is there so I can talk to him because he's a friend that I know".

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The beauty of the FA Cup, which enables the smallest club in the land to face the biggest, is that miracles do happen. "I'm not at that stage". Former Arsenal players and fans have accused Wenger of allowing his players to become too comfortable.

"It will never be quick", he said. He actually sent me a nice text when we beat Liverpool so we keep in touch. "That's part of it, you have to accept that". But it has been accepted so ... competition is also about dealing with what you face.

"If you see Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez on the team sheet, our chance doesn't come beyond zero", Doswell said.

He told the Sun on Sunday: "My diet has got me to where I am today!"

"I absolutely accept the situation and analyse it well. That result we had at Bayern Munich will not influence that selection". It is as if fate has an interesting Football Manager save running and instead of watching the game on Youtube or Twitch, we will watch it unfold on live television.

The FA Cup throws up circumstances professional footballers don't very much like, a test of your character and resolve. If you're a fixture of the starting XI, you get the extra days rest after a game, the arm round your shoulder from the manager, the cotton wool wrapped round you when you're carrying that knock.


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