Arsenal: Manager's E-mail Oct. 3

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Men In Blazers preoccupation with Arsene Wenger’s well-being continues. His ritual weekly letter to Arsenal fans is becoming evermore like a homesick summer camper’s letter home.

Dear Arsenal supporter,Sunday’s derby was frustrating because I felt we played with the handbrake on, especially in the first half. We still created four chances playing within ourselves but in the second half we had a go at Tottenham and got it back to 1-1. After that we didn’t push on enough and that allowed them to get back into the game. We lack a little bit of confidence at the moment and we feel we just need to protect a result when we have one instead of going for it. Tottenham’s first goal was also a source of frustration because I felt Van der Vaart handled the ball - and that would have been a second yellow card for him. However, I don’t agree with people who say he should have been booked for his celebration. When a player scores there has to be a spontaneous reaction.

We did not defend properly for the winning goal and we were punished for it. Szczesny was outstanding for most of the game but he was certainly disappointed to let that one in. Obviously we are not where we want to be in the Premier League table and I think at the moment we have to set ourselves a realistic target and stay in touch with the teams who are fighting for the Champions League positions. We are 12 points behind Manchester United and Manchester City - so it’s not realistic to say that we will win the league. We have to fight to come back into a much better position, that’s the reality. Finally I would like to wish Bacary Sagna a speedy recovery after he fractured the fibula in his right leg during the Spurs game. I’m not sure how he did it but he might have landed the wrong way. As soon as he fell he knew he had to be substituted. Thanks for your support. Arsène Wenger

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