Wenger: More professionalism needed

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Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal troops to be more focused and professional on the road.

The Gunners have endured mixed fortunes away from home in the league this term; losing three, drawing once and notching a solitary win in their five fixtures.

But, last time out, Wenger's side proved their mettle by defeating Chelsea 5-3 in a thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge, thanks to a hat-trick from Robin van Persie.

This, says Wenger, proves Arsenal can deliver the goods when not at the Emirates Stadium - something critics doubted after the thumping by Manchester United and humbling by Blackburn.

The Arsenal boss has now urged his players to repeat their Chelsea heroics on a regular basis - starting with Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday.

“For a long time we were questioned on our away potential and we responded to that well at Chelsea,” he told Arsenal Player.

“We have to do that again to show that we can be consistent away from home. Then we have another vital game against Dortmund so it is important to keep this run going.

“We know now that we can win away from home and we have another opportunity to show that.

“Until February [when the next international break arrives] the players can focus fully on the achievements of the Club,” he added. “We need to be professional and be able to focus quickly on what matters for us.

“That means the targets we have. It's basically our professionalism that needs to come in and focus on what we want to achieve.”

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