You go up by the stairs and come down by the lift… (Arsene Wenger)

Arsene Wenger was understandably disappointed after second 3-0 loss to Manchester City within five days.

On how he assesses the performance…
I felt it was a game of top intensity physically. I think we produced our highest physical performance of the season and Manchester City did as well, by quite a long way. Physically, the two teams gave a lot. I knew that the first half could have been difficult for us because we came out of Sunday’s game with a low confidence level. They came back with a very positive mindset and that’s why they took advantage of every defensive weakness we showed in the first half. At the end of the day, I must say we lost against a top-quality team who at the moment are the best team in the country. On top of that, the combination of their quality plus the fact that they’re high in confidence and we’re low in confidence played a big part in the game tonight. After that, in the second half we came out and dominated well in the first 20 minutes. We needed the penalty to go in to get a bit of momentum, so that was the killer of the game after that.

On how dangerous the lack of confidence is at the moment…
It’s always dangerous but you earn it by putting the effort in and staying together in the moments where it’s very difficult.

On confidence going quickly and coming back slowly…
You go up by stairs and come down by the lift. That’s what confidence is. That’s what you have to show, that you have the level to be at Arsenal Football Club.

On it being painful to watch City do what Arsenal have done to other teams in the past…
When your confidence is not at the best, the first thing that goes is your fluidity in the movement, the spontaneous side of the game. You could see that tonight. I don’t deny their quality because they have top quality, but we’re going through a difficult patch at the moment. That’s part of football as well unfortunately.

On how to regain confidence…
By staying united inside and focusing on the next game to continue to put the effort in.

On losing 6-0 on aggregate to Man City over two games…
I leave all these conclusions to you because every game is different. It was always going to be a big turnaround after Sunday, what we had to face. Once they took advantage of every chance they had in the first half, it was always going to be a big [challenge]. We have to accept that, at the moment, in the two games, they were better than us.

On whether he’s experienced a more difficult period in charge…
I don’t know. I leave that situation with full intensity. I don’t compare it to any other situation I’ve faced before. That’s part of my job, to deal with the situation I face, commit completely, and stay committed and focused on the next game.

On how difficult it is when the fans turn…
Do you want the fans to be happy when you’re 3-0 down? I’m surprised that you’re surprised.

On whether he was surprised by the low turnout…
It was certainly a combination of the weather conditions and the fact that we had a big disappointment on Sunday. There was a combination of the two things together.

On being under massive scrutiny going into Sunday (the next scheduled game)…
We are already and we always have been, so that will not change.

On whether he’s confident there’s enough fight in the squad…
Yes of course. I’m confident of that. Nothing is permanent in life, apart from the judgements. They are always permanent but the reality in life is that nothing is permanent. It’s down to you how you respond and what kind of focus and effort you show to turn things around.

On whether new signings Mkhitaryan, and Aubameyang have done enough since their first appearance…
They need some time to adapt and things change quickly in sport. That’s part of modern sport as well. You have to accept that. Every game you lose nowadays means you’re under big pressure. These are players who have just joined us and I’m sure they’ll do well.

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👟Success, Love & All (a short play)

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by Jennifer Valentine-Miller

This short play has a sports theme. It focuses on one woman’s determination to carve a career for herself as a tennis player; with all its disappointments and hard work. Her parents and friends are concerned that she wants to lead a single life of false dreams. Will good advice and guidance rescue her future in sport?

Actors:
Kathryn – successful sports student
Anders – Tennis coach
Female friend #1 Male companion #1
Female friend #2 Male companion #2
Female friend #3 Male companion #3
Female friend #4 Male companion #4
Kathryn’s Mother/ Kathryn’s Father
Church Pastor
Extras – at the restaurants
Extras = at the tennis tournament
Extras – at the awards ceremony

 Scenes:
Outdoor – training grounds
Outside (front door/in the car)
At home (living room/bedroom)
Tennis tournament
Wine bar/restaurant
Awards ceremony

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Sport Helps solve our Social Problems Too

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by Jennifer Valentine-Miller via Evening Standard

The biennial Sport Relief Initiative, run by the BBC’s Comic relief since 2002, has done much to combat deprivation. Its success highlights the central role that sport plays in our culture but has also laid bare problems that arise from the lack of opportunities which prevents many people from playing sport.  Watching the football in the pub is all very well but is vital to the nation’s health that people can get involved in sport beyond being a spectator.

Obesity levels have made the UK the “fat man of Europe”.

In London, childhood obesity is a particular problem: figures last year showed one in five children are classed as very “overweight” by the time the leave primary school.  Sport is one way to help fix things.  It can also do much more than promoted better physical health. It can also do much more than promote better physical health: it can improve concentration levels; it can encourage interpersonal skills; it can bring joy to the dispirited.

The rise of multi channel television, easy internet access and endless social media mean that sport has much to compete against.  The short-sighted sell-off by councils of school playing fields in years past has hardly helped matters.  So to those taking part in events to raise money for Sport Relief “good luck”.  To those who choose to be a sponsor  “dig deep”.

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by Jennifer Valentine-Miller

This short play has a sports theme. It focuses on one woman’s determination to carve a career for herself as a tennis player; with all its disappointments and hard work. Her parents and friends are concerned that she wants to lead a single life of false dreams. Will good advice and guidance rescue her future in sport?

 

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Pastor: How prepared are you when you lose? Are you prepared to live a humbled life? Katherine, success should flow from character. The Psalms states “everything they do they will succeed”. Success is based more upon the quality of life rather than the skillfulness of their activities.