Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Seaman Gloom; Wenger Has to Lift Depressed England Stars

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Seaman Gloom; Wenger Has to Lift Depressed England Stars

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Byline: STEVE STAMMERS

ARSENE WENGER admitted today that he had to lift Arsenal's demoralised England players to get them in the right frame of mind for tomorrow's match at Everton.

David Seaman - whose blunder allowed Macedonia to score straight from a corner - Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole were all depressed when they reported back for training.

Wenger said: "David, Sol and Ashley were low when they came back to Arsenal because they want to win and when they don't they are not happy. When you have so many players going away in international week, you want them to get focused quickly again on the next Premiership game.

"Time is very short because the players are still full of what happened in those games. International football is very emotional and it can be draining mentally.

"We had to help lift them and they find the spirit of the team helps them.

They have found comfort in the squad. Thirty or 40 per cent comes from their teammates at the club - the rest is down to me. …

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