Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has declared that his motivation is stronger than ever, despite the fact that tonight’s clash with Anderlecht marks his 65th birthday, as reported by the Daily Star.
Wenger’s side head into the tie in second in Group D, having followed their battering at the hands of Borussia Dortmund with a huge victory against Galatasaray.
The Galatasaray tie was particularly key to Wenger and his troops, as deadline day signing Danny Welbeck announced his arrival with a hat trick against the Turkish club.
They now face the Belgian giants in the third match in this season’s Champions League, but Wenger is insistent that he is purely focused on tonight’s game, rather than any possible birthday celebrations.
“I just think what is important is that my team performs well.
“Do I feel young? No, because my age is my age and you have to deal with that, but until now I am lucky to be in good shape – the desire and the motivation is stronger than ever.”
Arsenal will turn to third choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez for the game tonight, with both Wojciech Sczcesny and David Ospina unavailable for the tie.
Martinez conceded five goals the last time he played for Arsenal.