Featured Matches
Previous
Internazionale
Manchester United
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
AS Roma
1:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Recreativo Huelva
Sunderland
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sparta Prague
Malmo FF
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Sparta Prague
Malmo FF
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
Sheriff Tiraspol
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Debrecen
BATE Borisov
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Wealdstone
Wycombe Wanderers
2:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Frickley Athletic
Scunthorpe XI
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Exeter City
Swansea City
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
Rotherham United
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Burton Albion
Derby County
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Lincoln City
Mansfield Town
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Newport County
Coventry City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Notts County
Birmingham City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Portsmouth
AFC Bournemouth
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Stevenage
Reading
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Altrincham
Accrington Stanley
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cambridge United
Milton Keynes Dons
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Bristol City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Concord Rangers
Dagenham & Redbridge
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Dumbarton
Carlisle United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Hyde
Burnley XI
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Kidderminster Harriers
Shrewsbury Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Leyton Orient
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Luton Town
Colchester United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Margate
Barnet
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Oxford United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Preston North End
Burnley
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Sheffield United
Huddersfield Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Southend United
Ipswich Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Recreativo Huelva
Sunderland
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Valerenga
Stabaek
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Defensor Sporting
Nacional
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 2
Game Details
Náutico
Icasa
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Portuguesa de Desportos
Oeste
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Internazionale
Manchester United
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
AS Roma
1:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Cienciano del Cusco
Alianza Lima
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Sep 21, 2011

Woodcock worried about Arsenal

Former Arsenal striker Tony Woodcock does not feel sacking Arsene Wenger would solve the club's problems but is concerned as to how the Gunners will respond with their backs against the wall.

• Wenger focused on Arsenal job
• Arsene ignores coaching question

Arsenal boss Wenger has come under heavy pressure in the wake of the side's worst start to a season in 58 years, the club's woes having been exacerbated after they threw away a 2-1 lead at Blackburn last Saturday to lose 4-3 courtesy of two own goals conceded.

Woodcock, who scored 68 goals in 169 matches for Arsenal, told ESPNsoccernet: "You have to look at the bigger picture, at what Arsene Wenger has done for Arsenal in terms of the club's infrastructure, the new stadium, financial stability, its academy, its training ground facilities and the way he has nurtured such young talent and transformed them into world-class performers.

"The call for Wenger to go might be something you would expect when fans become so frustrated, even angry, but finding a new manager is not the solution, because who would you turn to?

"Think about that for a moment and it makes you think more carefully, and wonder whether the man you think would be an instant hit might not actually be anywhere near as good as the man the club already have.

"Having said all that, there is concern, which I have felt for the past two seasons, about the mental strength of the players. When you have the chance of the title, as Arsenal have done in the past two years, with just half a dozen games to go, but have wilted under that intensity of pressure, you have to raise questions.

"Of course everyone is raising those questions now, but it has perturbed me that the players have not had the mental strength, or perhaps something far more basic, to finish off the job for two years now.

"I have questioned the players on their desire, their determination, their will to win, and if those concerns surfaced for two years then I would seriously question whether they possess that will now that the chips are down in fighting their way out of trouble.

"If they couldn't find that little extra when a major trophy like the title was within their sights, within their grasp, can they find that desire when the going is tough as it is now?"

Woodcock concluded: "We've seen over the years that clubs can go down that are not expected to. It's early days, only a few games. We've gone six years without winning anything and are now in this tricky situation. I'm hoping it's going to be a bit of a kick up the backside for everyone."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.