Thursday March 8 2018
Wenger: 'Arsenal must defend first'

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal “need to defend well first” against Milan at San Siro to keep their Europa League hopes alive.

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“Of course we need a result, but it’s a two-legged tie as well, so we need to be good on both sides,” the Gunners manager told BT Sport.

“We need to defend well first, because when teams lack a little bit of confidence you need reassurance. You need everyone to do a defensive job and of course go forward and score.

“Even with the changes you have to keep your philosophy but to play well you need confidence and sometimes when you miss it you have to do pragmatic things.

“When I speak about being pragmatic, we also need to fight.”

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