“I have every faith this squad has what it takes to disappoint me” – Arsene Wenger

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“I know what they’re capable of, and I just know that they’re going to break my heart into a million pieces,” said Wenger of his current Arsenal squad.

Saying that the group’s promising training ground displays and notable camaraderie remind him of squads of bygone years, Arsene Wenger today revealed that he has every faith that his current Arsenal squad has what it takes to disappoint him.

The Frenchman has spoken positively of his players after late summer recruitment, and believes that the renewed optimism at the Emirates will be the precursor for memorable sadness and regret later in the season.

“People will call me unrealistic but I see these players every day. I know what they’re capable of, and I just know that they’re going to break my heart into a million pieces when the time comes,” said the 65-year-old, adding that he’s already seen the kind of combinations in training that he knows will leave him cursing their inability to play similarly in big match occasions.

“The instinctual passing, clinical finishing, blood and thunder challenges and a solid and collective will to win – they’ve shown more than enough to build me up and tear me down again in a few months.”

At press time, Wenger admitted that he was hugely encouraged by the impact of new arrivals Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi, something he knows is going to make the end of the season all the more difficult to take.