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The Gunners manager has refuted claims that his current crop do not have the same drive as his title-winning team of the past but says they must convert their potential into points

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists his current crop of players care just as much about the club as legends Tony Adams and Thierry Henry.

The Gunners have gone seven years without a trophy, and trail Premier League leaders Manchester United by 22 points, though they do have a game in hand, while they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by League Two side Bradford.

Theo Walcott had stated that while the team are improving, there is a lack of belief among his team-mates and they cannot afford to start games as slowly as they did in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

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The team have come under fire for recent results, including their losses to Bradford among others, as well as a draw against Southampton. However, Wenger refuted suggestions that his current crop of players do not care as much as title-winning sides of the past.

He told reporters: "These players care as much [as the likes of Adams, Henry], maybe even more."

The Gunners face West Ham next up in the Premier League on Wednesday night, and Wenger is wary of the task they face up against Sam Allardyce's side.

"We missed the start of the [last two] games. We have to respond, we have our backs to the wall," he stated.

"This is a very important game of course. We have to transfer the potential we have shown into points."

Wenger confirmed that Francis Coquelin would miss the game at the Emirates Stadium with a hamstring injury, while Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may return for the clash.

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