Wenger: Still room for improvement
Arsene Wenger has said that he takes no personal sense of gratification from Arsenal's resurgence, and insists there is "still room for improvement".
After a poor start to the new season, which saw them thrashed 8-2 at Manchester United as they lost four of their opening seven Premier League matches, the Gunners have now chalked up four straight wins to swiftly climb back up the table. Arsenal are also in command of their UEFA Champions League group and have reached the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup, where they will host Manchester City.
Wenger came in for some of the toughest criticism of his 15-season tenure earlier in the campaign, but the Gunners boss insists he remains fully focused on continuing the momentum with victory at Norwich on Saturday rather than silencing the harbingers of doom.
"At the moment I feel we are more focused - saying 'look I am right' is less important for me than trying to continue the quality of our team and our results," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "There is still room for improvement so we are focused on that. I am convinced we have been right, but what you want is that people who love Arsenal are happy and I think at the moment to do that we still have a job to do."
Wenger believes a "less cavalier" approach has helped the Gunners take the maximum-points haul since losing at Tottenham on October 2. "I would say we are a bit more controlled and less cavalier. We are less adventurous when the job is done, I must say," he said. "You can feel that there is some reserve there if needed.
"In the second half against West Brom we just kept it serious without going overboard. Overall I would say it is a more mature attitude. We were more functional. We did the job properly, with quality and, I must say, with seriousness."
Arsenal have most of their first-team squad away on international duty, but will be relieved Holland agreed to the early release of in-form skipper Robin van Persie, who will not feature in the Oranje's friendly with Germany tomorrow having played through the goalless draw against Switzerland. Despite the Gunners new-found confidence, defender Carl Jenkinson insists there will be no sense of complacency at Carrow Road for Saturday's televised encounter.
"Norwich are doing well and from what I've seen their home form has been good as well. They are obviously a good side so no one will be going there thinking it will be anything other than a difficult game," the 19-year-old full-back told Arsenal Player.
"We have got to make sure we are fully focused because it's going to be a battle. We won't be taking anything for granted, but hopefully we can go there and get a good result. Hopefully everyone will come back without any injuries and we'll be ready to crack on against Norwich."
Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, meanwhile, has hinted he could look to go out on loan in January for first-team football having dropped behind compatriot Wojciech Szczesny in the battle for the number one jersey at Emirates Stadium.