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Arsene Wenger Claims Arsenal’s Struggling Stars Short On Confidence

Arsenal have just won two Premier League matches so far this season…

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his players are struggling for confidence after a difficult start to the season, which has seen them win just two of their first eight Premier League games.

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Wenger’s side have drawn five of their league matches, and were also eliminated from the League Cup by Southampton. They have also found things difficult in Europe, although Wednesday’s comeback win over Anderlecht should ensure their progress to the knockout stage.

“I think 95 per cent is there. It is normal that after a World Cup, and we have new players, you see the main thing is there – the attitude, the quality,” Wenger told reporters, “but the water boils at 100 degrees and not at 99 – and we have to add that degree.

The Gunners stand seventh and are already 11 points behind leaders Chelsea. Wenger, whose side visit Sunderland on Saturday, is frustrated but insists that he cannot fault the attitude of his squad or their quality.

“We dominate our games. It is just, when we have a weaker moment, we pay for it. That is why I think we have to produce more effort defensively as a team.

“We could be more efficient offensively and defensively but that will come. I can understand that better because there are players who are new. I think we are never in positions where we have the lead for a long time, we are always chasing back.

“Of course that makes it more difficult offensively. We have to win at Sunderland. I cannot deny that. I believe it is linked with confidence at the moment but I cannot fault the attitude.”

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