Wenger wants improvement, angry over doping rules

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Arsene Wenger rues rules over doped players which allows defeat against Dinamo Zagreb to stand

Wenger wants improvement, angry over doping rules

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LONDON COLNEY NEAR LONDON, UK (NOVEMBER 23, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER SAYING:

“There’s two things, our performance on the day and the doped player. What I can influence is our performance on the day and as Per (Mertesacker) told you put in a different performance tomorrow. We were a bit unlucky on the day because we played with 10 men in the second half but we still could have got a better result.”

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER SAYING:

“I personally do not agree with the rule because you cannot say OK, there’s a doped player and the result stands; that means you accept basically doping. But it is the rule and we accept that and we have to look at ourselves and deal with our own performance.”

STORY: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still believes his side have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League last 16 for a 16th consecutive season as he gears his side up to take on Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb in a do-or-die contest.

With both sides struggling at the foot of Group F, each six points adrift of Bayern Munich and Olympiakos Piraeus, their chances will be buried unless one of them can win at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Wenger’s hopes will have been raised by a period of turmoil for Zagreb, who were hit by two scandals in a space of three days last week.

Chief executive Zdravko Mamic was arrested on Wednesday for alleged transfer irregularities and midfielder Arijan Ademi was handed a four-year doping ban on Friday after testing positive following Dinamo’s 2-1 home win over Arsenal in September. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud was shown a red card for a second booking in that match.

Referring to the defeat, Wenger on Monday (November 23) told a news conference: “There’s two things, our performance on the day and the doped player.

“What I can influence is our performance on the day and put in a different performance tomorrow.

“We were a bit unlucky on the day because we played with 10 men in the second half but we still could have got a better result.”

Wenger is bitter that the defeat stands despite the revelation that Ademi was doped.

“I personally do not agree with the rule because you cannot say OK, there’s a doped player and the result stands; that means you accept basically doping. But it is the rule and we accept that and we have to look at ourselves and deal with our own performance,” said the Frenchman.

Even if Arsenal defeat the Croatian side they have to rely on the prospect that Bayern and Olympiakos do not play out a draw at the Allianz Arena.

Arsenal are fourth in the Premier League having dropped points in their last two matches, a draw against London rivals Tottenham and a defeat at the weekend against West Bromwich Albion.

Wenger’s task has not been helped by the loss of midfielder Francis Coquelin for two months with a knee injury but Aaron Ramsey could return.

Coquelin was injured in the 2-1 Premier League defeat by West Brom on Saturday, but midfielder Ramsey’s comeback could bolster a depleted Arsenal side as they strive to keep their Champions League knockout phase hopes alive.

The Gunners are level on three points with Zagreb and trail Bayern Munich and Olympiakos Piraeus by six points in Group F after four of six matches.

None of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky or Ramsey were available at the weekend, while Coquelin’s replacement Mikel Arteta came off after 35 minutes with a calf strain.

Dinamo at least eased some of their off-pitch woes with Friday’s 2-1 win at Slaven Belupo Koprivnica, which kept them second in the first division, two points behind leaders Rijeka.

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