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Wenger: We will bounce back

Wenger has had to sit through some painful performances from the Gunners. (©PAphotos)
Wenger has had to sit through some painful performances from the Gunners. (©PAphotos).

Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal players to take responsibility for lifting the mood of the Emirates Stadium crowd by finding their form when they take on Bolton in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Despite an abysmal run of results, culminating in the club's worst start to a campaign in over 15 years, the team has received tremendous backing from the Gunners' loyal supporters - most notably in the recent away defeats at Manchester United and Blackburn.

"I always feel that the vibes have to come out from the team," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "If the vibes coming out from the team are right, the crowd will follow and support us.

"So let's focus on us being right because the crowd feels that. We believe they have to trust us on that."

Arsenal's midweek victory over Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup proved to be a nervy affair - especially after the Npower League Two outfit took the lead in the first-half. But the vocal backing of the home crowd helped inspire their team to a hard-fought victory.


 

"We will bounce back and I think it starts from us being determined, from us being united, from us trusting each other and us playing the football we want to play," continued Wenger. "Let's focus on that quality. We had 20 shots on goal at Blackburn, let's continue to play our game."

In response to criticisms about the side's defensive frailties, the Frenchman insists the players and his team of coaches are doing everything they can to address their weaknesses that have resulted in the conceding of 12 goals in their last two away games.

"We work on it every day and practice," he concluded. "I believe that we have been solid quite recently - in Dortmund but not at Blackburn. There is a lot to improve in our defensive consistencies.

 

"The modern game is a team sport more than ever because everybody has to defend completely. All the big teams do it. You do not get away with just seven or eight and the rest watching.

"[We can gain confidence] by focusing on the way we want to play football and the team spirit and attitude. That makes you feel stronger and overall I think there is no way I am going to put down the mental qualities of the squad. That will come out."

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