Wenger: We are improving
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger was was pleased to see Arsenal avoid another European hangover.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was delighted to see his side sweep aside Aston Villa 5-0 to avoid another European hangover.
The Gunners followed up their 1-0 win away at Real Madrid with a damaging defeat to Blackburn, but the London side were full of verve and energy as they pulled David O'Leary's side apart on Saturday.
With a campaign for fourth position gathering pace after defeats for Bolton and Tottenham, Wenger was pleased to see that the team's domestic focus was retained despite the heady experience of outshining Juventus on Tuesday.
"Well today it was a good performance again and the team is improving," Wenger told Sky Sports.
"After the great game at Real Madrid we lost at Blackburn.
"Today after the Champions League game we win and of course in the championship we are in the position where everything is vital.
"But we score goals, we don't concede goals and that's a good basis to improve.
"Of course the championship is very important to us and we want to get in a good position.
"We had a good result today and the results of our opponents have gone our way so mathematically it is in our hands.
"We feel that we have started momentum, and lets take care of the way we play the game and our team spirit and the rest will come."
Despite the resounding nature of the victory over Aston Villa, The Gunners did not emerge unscathed with both Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Eboue picking up injuries.
The two youngsters were outstanding against Juventus in the first leg, with Fabregas in particular making a vivid impression, but Wenger must now wait on the results of a scan to see if his Spanish maestro will be available for the trip to Turin.
Ivorian right-back Eboue is currently only rated as 50-50, and with The Gunners already desperately short in defence Wenger will be praying the outlook is good come Wednesday.
"We don't know yet [about Fabregas], it looks quite swollen, he has a scan tomorrow on his foot.
"He got kicked on his foot on the top of his foot and we are quite optimistic but we don't know .
"We have as well Eboue who will only be a 50-50 for Wednesday so we have some injury worries but we will see."
However, Wenger is looking forward to the tie which could seal Arsenal's progression to the semi-finals, a stage they have never reached with their French boss.
"Yes [I am looking forward to it] because it is a big game and you love to be involved in that game.
"We want of course to have a bright start and have another great game, but the Champions League you have to make sure all the small things are all on our side in the big game, that's very important."
The game at Highbury was also special as it was designated David Rocastle day in memory of the late Arsenal hero, and Wenger explained how the club will be supporting the charity in his name.
"It's a big day for us because his family was here and it's our main charity this year and we want to do well for him."