Arsene Wenger wants more from Arsenal ahead of Sunderland clash

Arsenal's Manager Arsene Wenger. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Arsenal's Manager Arsene Wenger. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
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BIRTHDAY boy Arsene Wenger wants more from his Arsenal side ahead of the trip to Sunderland - starting tonight at Anderlecht in the Champions League.

Wenger, who turns 65 today, shows no signs of slowing down and is demanding more from his Gunners side before they travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Sunderland are looking to bounce back from the 8-0 mauling away at Southampton last weekend, while Arsenal needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Danny Welbeck to salvage a 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with Hull having again conceded sloppy goals.

“We have lost only one game in the Premier League, but we have not enough points with what we produced,” said Wenger, whose side have won just two from eight league matches.

“Top-level performance is to make the maximum with your potential and sometimes in games you need a fraction more, so that is what we want to do - give a fraction more to be really efficient in what we do.”

Wenger added: “We want to become more efficient, where we dominate so much, like we did on Saturday, and lose a bit of our defensive urgency.

“If you look overall at the quality of the players we have, I think we can be very efficient defensively.”

Wenger has no special plans to celebrate his big day either.

The Gunners boss added: “Do I feel young?

“No, because my age is my age and you have to deal with that, but until now I am lucky to be in good shape - the desire and the motivation is stronger than ever.”

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