Wenger hopes for better after Hull shocker

September 29, 2008
By Soccernet staff

After suffering one of the most embarrassing results of his 12-year reign on Saturday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged his players to deliver an immediate response to their horror-show against Hull when they meet Porto in their Champions League.

Portuguese champions Porto provide an early shot at redemption in Tuesday's night's Group G fixture at the Emirates and Wenger wants to see his side's character.

"The players were very disappointed after the Hull match and are focused on tomorrow's game," Wenger said.

"It is part of a career to deal with disappointments and to show enough mental strength and desire to go forward. The players are desperate to go out and win the game against Porto."

Wenger denies the Premier League newcomers were treated too lightly.

He added: "I don't think we needed to be woken up. Losing was a big disappointment because we felt we had enough quality to win the game. Analysis of the game shows that - we had enough chances to win.

"On the other hand for Hull, with the few chances they had, they made 100 per cent of it. Credit to them and damage to us.

"We learnt from the game that in fact you need the Champions League focus in every single match. If we are guilty of something it's maybe not getting our focus to the right level to take our chances.

"I believe we should not make too much of the result. We lost the game but we have enough strength within the club and within the team to deal with that."