Wenger: Reyes back to best
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger claims Jose Antonio Reyes is back to his best.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims Jose Antonio Reyes is back to his best form.
The Spanish youngster has made no secret of a desire to return to Spain to join Real Madrid in the summer but Wenger thinks everybody will see Reyes sparkle in the closing stages of the season.
With The Gunners chasing FA Cup glory and a strong finish to a disappointing Premiership campaign, the Frenchman wants his team to get back to their brilliant best.
"Reyes is in good form again," opined Wenger. "You see that in training.
"He suffered through a lack of confidence in the winter period but, at the moment, he looks sharp again in training.
"I want first to see quality on the pitch because we have values at this club, not only linked to the fact that we win the championship or not.
"There's respect for the game you play, love for the game we want to play, respect for people coming to watch us and we want to make the step forward to prepare for next season.
"We still have targets - to finish at least second and as close as possible to Chelsea; we are still in the FA Cup and will do as much as we can to achieve that."
With Norwich City providing the opposition on Saturday, Wenger refuses to accept that the promoted clubs cannot compete with the big boys.
"The gap between the Premier League and Division One has been reduced, in my opinion, over the last five years," he explained.
"The clubs are better prepared because the academies' players who don't make it completely in the top level go to Division One and slowly improve their level.
"The physical level has been tremendously reduced and there is no physical difference any more."
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